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Closed Hospital Beds

Volume 464: debated on Thursday 28 April 1949

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asked the Minister of Health how many of the 60,000 beds at present closed for want of staff are in tuberculosis sanatoria, fever hospitals, general hospitals and other specialised institutions, respectively.

The number of beds closed for want of staff in hospitals in Great Britain on 31st December, 1948, was 59,903, made up as follows:

Tuberculosis Sanatoria5,669
Fever Hospitals15,915
General Hospitals21,642
Other specialised institutions16,677


asked the Minister of Health how much of the £15 million required to staff and maintain the 60,000 hospital beds that are at present closed, he has included in his estimates for the coming year.

The annual budgets of the hospital management committees do not specify separately anticipated expenditure on the re-opening of closed beds, so that I am unable to give the information desired by the hon. Member.