§ Jacqui Smith
By the end of December 2002 (latest figures available), there were approximately 3,300 extra intermediate care beds, compared with 1999–2000. Over the two years 2002–03 and 2003–04, £66 million has been made available to fund intermediate care capital development schemes. This funding will deliver a total of approximately 1,800 additional intermediate care beds. Around 150 of these beds became operational by December 2002 and are therefore included in the December 2002 figures. Recent trends in the underlying growth in the number of intermediate care beds indicate that the NHS Plan target will be met.