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At the bottom of the hospital beds in proportion to the population is Cyprus – What Eurostat data shows

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Far below Cyprus remained below the European Union average for hospital beds per population in 2022, according to figures released by Eurostat, the EU's statistical office, amid a general decline across the EU.

In particular, in 2022 Cyprus recorded 313 hospital beds per 100 thousand inhabitants, well below the EU average of 516.

Among the member states, the country with the highest ratio of hospital beds to population size was Bulgaria (823 beds per 100,000 people), followed by Germany (766 beds per 100,000 people) and Romania (728 beds per 100,000 people ).

The lowest ratios in relation to the population, below 300 beds per 100 thousand people, were recorded in 2022 in Sweden (190 beds per 100 thousand people), the Netherlands (245 beds per 100 thousand people), Denmark (248 beds per 100 thousand people), Finland (261 beds per 100 thousand people), Ireland (291 beds per 100 thousand people) and Spain (294 beds per 100 thousand people).

In absolute numbers, in 2022 there were 2.3 million hospital beds across the EU, having recorded a decrease of 7% (171,110 fewer beds) compared to 2012. In Cyprus over the same period, a decrease of 4% was recorded, from 2990 beds in 2012 to 2857 in 2022 (133 fewer beds).

As a population ratio, on average in the EU in 2022 there were 516 hospital beds per 100 thousand people, compared with 563 in 2012. In the same period in Cyprus the ratio decreased from 346 hospital beds per 100 thousand people in 2012 to 313 beds per 100 thousand.

According to Eurostat, the decrease recorded at EU level reflects the fact that hospital bed figures only cover inpatient beds (excluding day care beds and outpatient care), as well as scientific and technological developments that have reduced the average length of stay for inpatient procedures or replaced those procedures with procedures provided by day care or outpatient care.

In absolute numbers by Member State, the highest number of hospital beds was recorded in Germany (642,107), France (374,290) and Poland (231,789), while the lowest in Malta (2,158), Luxembourg (2,609) and Cyprus (2,857 ).

In terms of long-term care beds in nursing and other long-term care facilities, the highest ratios in relation to the population were recorded in the Netherlands (1420 long-term care beds per 100 thousand people), Sweden (1299) and Belgium (1283).

Bulgaria (25 long-term care beds per 100 000 people) and Greece (26 ) recorded the lowest rates, followed by Poland (214).

Cyprus was low on the list proportionally in 2022, with 286 long-term care beds in nursing and other long-term care facilities per 100 thousand people.

Source: KYPE

Source: reporter.com.cy

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