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Indicator notes
Curative (acute) care beds, total number
Indicator code: hospBed.curative

Curative care (acute care) beds in hospitals (HP.1) are hospital beds that are available for curative care (HC.1 in the System of Health Accounts 1.0, http://www.oecd.org/health/healthpoliciesanddata/1841456.pdf classification excluding psychiatry).
Inclusion
- Beds accommodating patients where the principal clinical intent is to do one or more of the following: manage labour (obstetrics), cure non-mental illness or provide definitive treatment of injury, perform surgery, relieve symptoms of non-mental illness or injury (excluding palliative care), reduce severity of non-mental illness or injury, protect against exacerbation and/or complication of non-mental illness and/or injury which could threaten life or normal functions, perform diagnostic or therapeutic procedures
Exclusion
- Beds allocated for other functions of care (such as psychiatric care, rehabilitation, long-term care and palliative care)
- Beds in mental health and substance abuse hospitals (HP.1.2)
- Beds for rehabilitation (HC.2)
- Beds for palliative care
Note: System of Health Accounts 1.0 is available from http://www.oecd.org/health/healthpoliciesanddata/1841456.pdf.
Country notes
Albania
Source: Ministry of Health.
Andorra
Source: Ministry of Health.
Armenia
Source of data: National Information and Analytical Center of Health, Ministry of Health of the Republic of Armenia (RIATSZ) Republican Research and Information Health Centre and the National Statistic Service of the Republic of Armenia, Report form ? 2 “Therapeutic and prophylactic activity of hospitals”, http://healthinfo.am/Statistical%20Report.htm, Statistical book, Armenia, English version (zip) 2009.
Reference period: 31 December.
Austria
Source of data: Austrian Federal Ministry of Health, Hospital Statistics (annual average).
Reference period: 31st December.
Coverage: Complete.
Deviation from the definition: Non-psychiatric care beds in mental health hospitals (HP 1.2) and beds for same-day care are included.
Note: In 2014, the data have been changed for the complete time series, because non-psychiatric care beds in mental health hospitals (HP 1.2) have been reallocated into "Curative (acute) care beds".
Azerbaijan
Source of data: Department of Informatics and Statistics, Ministry of Health of the Republic of Azerbaijan, form 47.
Reference period: data as of December 31.
Belarus
Source: not clear, probably Ministry of Health.
Belgium
Source of data: Federal Service of Public Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment, DG1 Organisation and Planning, Data management; Central Institution Database - Centraal Ziekenhuisbestand (CZB).
Reference period: 1st of January.
Coverage:
- Bed indexes included are: (B) treatment department “TBC” (C) diagnosis and surgical treatment department (D) diagnosis and medical treatment department (E) paediatrics (H) single hospitalisation (H*) mixed hospitalisation (L) contagious diseases (M) maternity (NIC) intensive neonatal care and (G) geriatrics in acute hospitals.
- During the 80’s, a reform of the health care sector took place, during which a number of hospital beds were ‘reconverted’ into other kind of beds.
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Data not available.
Bulgaria
Source of data: National Statistical Institute, National Centre for Public Health and Analyses at the Ministry of Health Due to structural transformations in the health care system in 2011 the National Centre for Health Information was transform into National Centre for Public Health and Analyses
Reference period: 31st of December
Croatia
Source of data: Croatian National Institute of Public Health, Hospital structure and function database
Reference period: 31st December Starting from 2009 data do not include community care centres providing both in-patient and out-patient services primarily engaged in out-patient services.
Coverage: Data include number of hospital beds in all public and private hospitals in Croatia, except prison hospital.
Cyprus
Source of data: Statistical Service of Cyprus, Public sector administrative sources and Private Clinics Inspectors for the Private Sector. Validity of the source: For the years 1985, 1987, 1995 and 2000 figures were obtained from the Census of Doctors, Dentists and Clinics.
Reference period: 31st December.
Coverage: Data refer to General and Rural Hospitals of the public sector, as well as the total number of beds of the private sector. Beds corresponding to Not-for-profit privately owned hospitals have not been counted.
Deviation from the definition: Beds for long-term care are included with beds for curative care.
Czechia
Source of data: Institute of Health Information and Statistics of the Czech Republic. Survey on bed resources of health establishments and their exploitation.
Reference period: End of the year.
Coverage:
- Until 1999 data cover only establishments of the health sector. Since 2000, data cover all sectors.
- Curative care beds encompass beds in university and acute care hospitals. Beds in departments and workplaces of aftercare and nursing care, beds in psychiatric departments (wards) and beds for healthy neonates are excluded. Beds in rehabilitation departments are included.
- The above bed counts do not include provisional beds, beds for accompanying persons and temporary beds (for less than 24 hours: day care beds, instrument beds such as dialysis beds, delivery beds).
- When an entire ward is closed for a long period of time, beds are not counted.
Break in time series: 2000.
Denmark
Source of data: National Board of Health (2010: internal hospital beds database has been used).
Estonia
Source of data:
- Since 1st January 2008 National Institute for Health Development, Department of Health Statistics.
- Data from routinely collected health care statistics, submitted by health care providers (monthly statistical report "Hospital beds and hospitalisation").
Reference period: 31st December.
Coverage:
- All hospitals HP.1 (public and private sector) are included.
- Cots for neonates, day beds, provisional and temporary beds, and beds in storerooms are also excluded from the hospital beds.
- Beds in welfare institutions are excluded.
- Beds for rehabilitation are included in curative (acute) care beds.
- Beds for psychiatric, tuberculosis and long-term care are excluded.
- The decrease in the number of hospital beds after 1991 was the result of the first reorganisation wave of the health care system of the independent country.
- In 2002, the Government of Estonia introduced the Hospital Master Plan that anticipates an optimum number of hospitals and hospital beds necessary to provide acute health care services taking into account the number of the population of Estonia and the population forecasts. Therefore, existing hospitals were reorganised, some became out-patient care providers, and some were closed or consolidated. This change can be called the second wave of the reorganisation of the Estonian health care system.
- In Estonia, hospitals that provided only in-patient long-term care services (long-term care hospitals) were reorganised to the nursing care hospitals. This restructuration came into force according to Health Services Organisation Act at the beginning of 2013 (https://www.riigiteataja.ee/en/eli/ee/Riigikogu/act/521012015003/consolide). Previous long-term care hospitals (HP.1) were classified amongst long-term nursing care facilities HP.2 according to the SHA2011 in 2013. Therefore, the total number of hospitals decreased in 2013 as well as all other statistics provided for in-patient care (beds, discharges by hospital beds). The remark “difference in methodology” was added to the data for the year 2013. This change does not have an impact on the statistics of curative care, psychiatric care or other beds.
Finland
Source of data: National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), Care Register for Institutional Health Care.
Estimation method: Since 1994, calculated bed-days/365 or 366.
Break in time series: 2000. The series was recalculated from 2000 onwards to correspond to the SHA 2011 definitions.
France
Source of data: Ministere de la Sante et des Sports - Direction de la Recherche, des Etudes, de l'Evaluation et des Statistiques (DREES). Data are from the “Statistique Annuelle des Etablissements de sante (SAE)”. NB: This survey has been recasted in 2014 for the data concerning 2013 (review and update of the questionnaire, change of the unit surveyed [legal entity ( geographical establishment], improvement of the consistency between the survey and an administrative source of data on the activity of hospitals). Though the principles of the survey remain the sames, some concepts and some questions have changed: this can lead to break in series for year 2013.
Reference period: 31st December.
Coverage:
- Data refer to metropolitan France and D.O.M. (overseas departments).
- Data include army hospitals from 2002 onwards.
- Curative care beds are beds for surgery, obstetrics and other medical care.
- Data from 2013 it is geographical establishments for all sectors (public and private). That is why there is a break in series in the number of the total hospitals and the public hospitals.
Georgia
Source: Ministry of Health.
Note: Since 2012 annual report collected form the hospitals facilities did not contain information related to the classification of hospital beds, only the total number is available.
Germany
Source of data: Federal Statistical Office, Hospital statistics (basic data of hospitals), Statistisches Bundesamt, Fachserie 12, Reihe 6.1.1, table 2.1.3; http://www.destatis.de or http://www.gbe-bund.de.
Reference period: Annual average.
Coverage:
- Curative (acute) care beds comprise beds in general hospitals (HP.1.1) in all sectors (public, not-for-profit and private).
- Excluded are beds in psychiatric departments of general hospitals, beds in mental health hospitals, in prevention and rehabilitation facilities and beds in long-term nursing care facilities.
- Cots for healthy infants, recovery trolleys, emergency stretchers, surgical tables and beds for same-day care and palliative care are also not included.
Greece
Source of data: Hellenic Statistical Authority (EL.STAT.), Hospital Census.
Reference period: Annual average.
Hungary
Source of data: From 1994 Hungarian National Health Insurance Fund (OEP), Department of Financing Informatics (GYOGYINFOK), Hospital bed and patient turnover account. http://www.gyogyinfok.hu/.
Coverage: Since 1994, this includes the number of acute hospital beds (all acute non psychiatric care beds, excluding acute psychiatric care beds) run by hospitals under contract with Hungarian National Health Insurance Fund (OEP).
Reference period: 31st December.
Break in time series:
- In 2007, the number of acute care beds in hospitals contracted with Hungarian National Health Insurance Fund (OEP) decreased significantly, and there was an increase in the number of chronic hospital beds.
- Since 2007, the number of hospital beds in justice hospitals is included.
Iceland
Source of data:
- Before 1989: Directorate of Health.
- From 1989 to 2006: The Ministry of Health and Social Security. (Reports on the activities of hospitals 1989 - 2006).
- From 2007: The Ministry of Welfare.
Reference period: annual average.
Coverage:
- For 1989-1995: Beds in specialized hospitals (excluding psychiatry, rehabilitation, geriatrics and nursing wards) are included. Small, general hospitals are also included, but only discharges for bed-days under 90 days are counted.
- From 2007: Curative care beds in hospitals (health care facilities with 24-hour access to a hospital physician).
Estimation method: For 1989-1995: Beds are calculated from bed-days and a 90% occupancy rate.
Break in time series: 1996 and 2007.
Ireland
Source of data:
- For 2006 onwards: Health Service Executive.
- For years prior to 2006: Department of Health and Children.
Coverage:
- Data refer to average available beds in publicly funded acute (HP1) hospitals only.
- Geriatric and rehabilitation beds in public acute hospitals are excluded.
- Psychiatric beds in acute hospitals are excluded.
- Beds in private hospitals are not included.
Break in time series:
- Break in series occurs in 2009. Until 2008, curative care beds included geriatric beds in acute hospitals.
- Up to and including 1996, figures refer to beds, excluding day beds, in publicly funded acute hospitals where the average length of stay is 18 days or less. From 1997 on, figures refer to beds in Health Service Executive network hospitals only.
- Data for 1980-1986 included beds in short-stay district hospitals.
Israel
Source of data: The data are based on the Medical Institutions License Registry maintained by the Department of Medical Facilities and Equipment Licensing and the Health Information Division in the Ministry of Health.
Reference period: End of the year.
Coverage: Includes all licensed acute care beds in acute care, mental health and specialty hospitals. * Note: The statistical data for Israel are supplied by and under the responsibility of the relevant Israeli authorities. The use of such data by the OECD is without prejudice to the status of the Golan Heights, East Jerusalem and Israeli settlements in the West Bank under the terms of international law.
Italy
Source of data: Ministry of Health - General Directorate of digitalization, health information system and statistics - Office of Statistics. http://www.stage.ministerosalute.it/portale/temi/p2_6.jsp?lingua=italiano&id=3835&area=statisticheSS N&menu=pubb.
Reference period: Annual average.
Coverage:
- All public, not for-profit and private hospitals are registered.
- Until 1999 data includes all in-patient beds except psychiatric care beds and long-term care beds. From 2000, data include all in-patient beds except rehabilitative care beds, psychiatric care beds and long-term care beds.
Break in time series: 2000. Rehabilitative care beds are included in "curative care beds" until 1999, and in "other hospital beds" from 2000 onwards.
Kazakhstan
Source: Ministry of Health of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
Reference period: 31December.
Latvia
Source of data: Centre for Disease Prevention and Control; Database of hospital beds' utilization;
Reference period: Up to 1999: end of the year, from 2000: mid-year. Break in series: 2000: Change in reference period.
Note: Reductions in years 2009 and 2010 due to restructuring and health care reforms.
Lithuania
Source of data: Health Information Centre of Institute of Hygiene, data of entire annual survey of health establishments. Report “Health Statistics of Lithuania”, available from http://sic.hi.lt/html/en/hsl.htm.
Reference period: 31st December
Coverage: The number of hospital beds excluding tuberculosis, rehabilitation, psychiatric and substance abuse, nursing beds.
Luxembourg
Source of data: National Health Insurance (CNS) - data included in the budget.
Reference period: Annual average.
Coverage:
- Functional rehabilitation and readjustment beds are no longer included under this heading.
- It is not currently possible to remove palliative care beds; they are therefore included.
- Data include beds for curative care (HC.1) in general hospitals and specialised institutions (HP.1.1 and HP.1.3 from ICHA-HP terminology). These data have only been available since 2004.
Malta
Source of data: Joint collation by Directorate for Health Information & Research, Health Care Services Standards, Health Division within Ministry for Energy and Health and individual institutions.
Reference period: end of the year
Coverage: Strict criteria according to definitions were used in collation of available hospital beds from 2005 onwards. This will explain the shift in numbers from other years. Changes in numbers of available beds for 2007 are mainly due to restructuring and changes in numbers of available beds with the "migration" of the main State general Hospital in Malta (St. Luke's Hospital) to the new "Mater Dei Hospital". The old State main General Hospital in Malta was closed down. However, a number of beds (155 in all) were retained as long term beds and as rehabilitation beds in Karen Grech Hospital within the grounds of the old main general hospital. The changes in numbers of available beds for 2008 reflect an ongoing process of restructuring within the Health Division of the Ministry for Social Policy and relicensing of healthcare establishments. The total number of curative beds decreased in 2011 due to the termination of one privately owned hospital The total number of curative beds in 2014 has decreased since a number of beds which were being used for overnight stays are now being used as day care beds. Break in Series: From 2011 onwards the number of curative beds reflects the number of beds used exclusively for overnight stays and not used interchangeably between day care beds and overnight beds.
Montenegro
Source of data: The source for all data submitted is the Institute of Public Health. Some additional information can be found in Health Statistical Yearbooks available at http://www.ijzcg.me/
Reference period: December 31st.
Coverage: Only data from public sector were included. Beds in Stationary Medical centers are also included.
Break in time series: From 2005 beds from specialised hospitals (other than mental health hospitals) are included.
Netherlands
Source of data:
- 1990-2000: Annual survey Statistics Netherlands.
- 2001-2005: Prismant, annual survey.
- 2006 onwards: data from the NZA (Dutch Health Authority).
Reference period:
- 1990-2000: Annual average.
- 2001 onwards: 1st January.
Coverage: Beds in general and university hospitals; includes beds for same-day care.
- Until 2001: excludes cots for healthy infants.
- From 2002: includes cots for healthy infants.
Deviation from the definition:
- 1990-1993: Average number of licensed beds.
- 1994-2005: Actual number of beds (average).
- 2006 onwards: Licensed beds
- Includes beds for same day care and cots for healthy infants.
Break in time series: 1994, 2001, 2006 and 2010 due to changes in the data source and coverage.
Norway
Source of data: Statistics Norway. Specialist Health Services. Annual data collection.
- See http://www.ssb.no/speshelse_en/.
Reference period: Annual average.
Break in time series: 2002. The hospitals were transferred from the municipalities to the central government in 2001.
Poland
Source of data: The Ministry of Health, the Ministry of National Defense (until 2011), the Ministry of Interior and the Central Statistical Office.
Reference period: 31st December.
Coverage:
- From 2003 onwards, acute care beds comprise beds in general and specialised hospitals, including data on hospitals of the Ministry of National Defence and the Ministry of the Interior and Administration which were not calculated before. Palliative and rehabilitation wards are excluded in 2008.
Break in time series:
- In time period 2003-2007, palliative and rehabilitation beds are included.
- From 2008 onwards, palliative and rehabilitation beds are excluded and neonatology wards (beds and incubators for newborns) are included (in 2008 the Ministry of Health changed the methodology of counting beds in general hospitals).
Portugal
Source of data: Statistics Portugal - Hospital Survey.
Reference period: Average between the quarters.
Coverage:
- The Hospital Survey began in 1985. This survey covers the whole range of hospitals acting in Portugal: hospitals managed by the National Health Service (public hospitals with universal access), non-public state hospitals (military and prison) and private hospitals.
- Data include total hospital beds, less the beds from psychiatric and substance abuse treatment hospitals as well as alcoholic rehabilitation.
Break in time series: 1999. The strong decrease in hospital beds in 1999 is due to a break in series associated with the exclusion of emergency beds from then on.
Republic of Moldova
Source of data: Ministry of Health of the Republic of Moldova, National Centre for Health Management, Annual statistical report N30, enclosure 1 “On hospital activities of health care institutions” and statistical report N1 “On activities of a private economical agent for health service provision” http://cnms.md/areas/statistics/anyar/.
Reference period: Data as of December 31.
Coverage: Data exclude Transnistria.
Romania
Source of data: National Institute of Statistics and Ministry of Public Health.
Reference period: data as of 31st December.
Coverage: From 1970 to 1998, data refer only to the public sector, excluding beds from sanatoria and preventoria. The major differences that are at the number of beds are due to multiple changes in the sanitary network from Romania and the aim to have a more efficient sanitary activity. Starting with 1992 hospitals analysed their efficiency as related to, among others, the number of beds (according to the Ministry of Health policies) and it can be noticed that, as result, the number of beds decreased considerably. In addition, some of the hospital units located in other counties than the base hospitals were converted in independent units (hospitals). Therefore, in 1992, parallel with a significant decrease in the number of hospital beds, an increase in the number of hospitals can be observed. Break in the series: 1999.
Russian Federation
Source of data: Annual reporting form ?47 «Information about network and activities of medical institutions", Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation.
Reference period: 31 December.
Coverage: Includes only data for medical institutions of the Ministry of Health. Data from institutions of other ministries and private sector are not included.
San Marino
Data not available
Serbia
Source of data: Institute of Public Health of Serbia, National hospital register. http://www.batut.org.rs/.
Reference period: 31. December.
Coverage: Data for Kosovo-Metohija province are not included in the coverage of data for the Republic of Serbia. Data from health institutions under other ministries (military services, prisons, social services) than the Ministry of Health are not included. Data from private health sector are not included.
Slovakia
Source of data: National Health Information Center, regular statistical findings within the State Statistical Program. Annual report (MZ SR) 1-01 on bed fund in health care facilities in the SR.
Reference period: 31st December.
Coverage: Acute care beds equal the number of beds in hospitals minus the beds in psychiatric hospitals, departments for long-term treatment, psychiatric and gerontopsychiatry departments of hospitals, post-care beds and beds in institutes of complex post-care and rehabilitation and long-term nursing care beds ,beds in hospital departments for drug addictions treatment and centres for drug addictions treatment.
Break in time series: 2005 - change of types of facilities resulting from legal changes in accordance with Act No 578/2004 on health care providers.
Slovenia
Source of data: National Institute of Public Health, Slovenia, National Hospital Health Care Statistics Database. Reference: Annual average.   
Deviation from the definition: In some hospitals beds for palliative care are not excluded.
Spain
Source of data:
- Before 1996: National Statistics Institute and Ministry of Health and Consumer Affairs. Statistics on Health Establishments Providing Inpatient Care. http://www.ine.es/jaxi/menu.do?type=pcaxis&path=/t15/p123&file=inebase&L=0.
- From 1996 to 2009: Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equity from Statistics on Health Establishments Providing Inpatient Care (ESCRI). http://www.msssi.gob.es/estadEstudios/estadisticas/estHospiInternado/inforAnual/homeESCRI.htm.
- Since 2010: Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equity from Specialised Care Information System (Sistema de Informacion de Atencion Especializada - SIAE).
Reference period: Annual average.
Coverage: All public and private hospitals in Spain are included.
Sweden
Source of data:
- Before 2001: Federation of Swedish County Councils and The National Board of Health and Welfare, Basarsstatistik and Statistisk Arsbok for Landsting (several issues).
- From 2001: Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (earlier Federation of Swedish County Councils), Statistik om halso- och sjukvard samt regional utveckling Verksamhet och ekonomi i landsting och regioner (several issues).
Reference period:
- Before 2001: 31st December.
- From 2001: Annual average. As per 2001, the term average disposable beds is used.
Coverage:
- Curative care beds: Until 2000 short-term care. As per 2001, specialised somatic care and geriatric care are excluded. As per 2001, some private care financed by the county/regional councils is included. Data from 2001 are not comparable with earlier years.
- Until 2000: Note that even when an entire ward is closed for a long period of time these beds are counted.
- Curative (acute) care beds: As per 1998, there are new definitions of beds in admission departments and intensive care wards. That means that beds in these departments are about 900 less than the year before. This influences the figures for total in-patient care beds and acute care beds.
Break in time series: 2001.
Switzerland
Source of data: FSO Federal Statistical Office, Neuchatel, hospital statistics; yearly census.
Estimation method: Until 2002 (included), extrapolation to correct for partial coverage of hospitals.

TFYR Macedonia
Source of data: Institute for Public Health-Skopje. Report for hospitals (3-21-60).
Reference period: 31st December.
Coverage: includes all the beds in general hospitals, the beds in the Clinical centre Skopje (except for psychiatry), General City Hospital- Skopje (ObGyn and Surgery) and Special hospital for paediatric respiratory diseases.
Turkey
Source of data: General Directorate for Health Services, Ministry of Health.
Coverage:
- Acute care beds are beds in all acute care hospitals in the MoH, universities, the private sector and others (except for the Ministry of National Defence hospital beds until 2011).
- Acute care beds include all types of beds except psychiatric care beds and physical treatment and rehabilitation beds.
Break in time series: MoND-affiliated facilities are included since 2012.
Turkmenistan
Data Source: Ministry of Health and Medical Industry of Turkmenistan, the state statistical reporting forms and activities of the network of health facilities.
Reporting period: December 31st.
Coverage: Data provided by the Ministry of Health and Medical Industry of Turkmenistan, without the
Inclusion of data from other ministries and departments.
Ukraine
Source of data: Centre of Health Statistics, Ministry of Health, Report form ? 20 “report of a health care facility” of the Ministry of Health, other agencies and private entities.
Reference period: 31 December.
Break in time series: 2009, before 2009 data included only health care facilities reporting to the Ministry of Health, starting from 2009 data coverage is complete.
United Kingdom
Source of data:
- England - Department of Health, from KH03, England;
- Northern Ireland - Hospital Activity Statistics from Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, Korner Return Kh03a;
- Wales - Health Statistics Wales, http://wales.gov.uk/topics/statistics/headlines/health2010/0114/?lang=en.
- Scotland - ISD Scotland, NHS National Service Scotland; http://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Finance/Costs/Files/ISD(S)1_Manual.pdf.
Reference period: Annual average.
Coverage:
- Does not include private sector.
- Curative care beds also include long-term care beds, rehabilitation beds and other hospital beds.
- Data are for financial years (1st April to 31st March). E.g. data for financial year 1st April 2008 - 31st March 2009 are presented as 2008.
Deviation from the definition:
- England: It is not possible to separate long-term care beds, rehabilitation beds and other hospital beds from curative care beds. Therefore, curative care beds in England include long-term care beds, rehabilitation beds and other hospital beds. For consistency purposes, the same methodology has been applied for the whole of the UK.
- In Wales it is not possible to separate curative geriatric beds from long-term geriatric beds. Data include surgical acute and medical acute beds (except for rehabilitation and palliative care) and maternity beds. Beds for 'other acute' specialties are also included.
- Scotland: Scotland data are provided according to the definition (i.e. the curative care data exclude mental health, long-term care and rehabilitation beds). As England and Wales cannot separate long-term care beds from curative care beds, to attain comparable figures for Scotland, the number of curative care beds would need to be added to the number of long-term care beds.
- Northern Ireland: Only those specialties within the Acute Programme of Care (PoC 1) as defined by Northern Ireland have been included in this category. These specialties are as follows: 100, 101, 110, 120, 130, 140, 141, 142, 143, 150, 160, 170, 171, 172, 180, 190, 191, 300, 301, 302, 303, 304, 305, 310, 311, 312, 313, 314, 315, 320, 330, 340, 350, 360, 361, 370, 371, 400, 401, 410, 420, 421, 431, 450, 460, 502, 620, 800, 810, 820, 822, 823, 824, 830, 832, 900, 901, 990, 991, 999.
Break in time series:
- England: The data from 2010 are lower because the methodology changed. From Quarter 1 2010/11 the KH03 collection was changed to a quarterly collection. The classification for bed occupancy was changed from ward type to the consultant specialty of the responsible consultant. This followed consultation with the NHS, as concerns had been expressed that the ward classifications, which were set in the late 1980s, were no longer relevant.
Uzbekistan
Source of data: Institute of Health and Medical Statistics, the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Uzbekistan. Reference period: 31 December.
Coverage: data include facilities functioning within the system of the Ministry of Health only.