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Tuberculosis Beds

Volume 497: debated on Friday 21 March 1952

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asked the Minister of Health the number of beds occupied by tuberculosis patients in the area covered by the West Cumberland Hospital Management Committee for 1949, 1950 and 1951; and the number of patients suffering from tuberculosis who were waiting for beds in the same area in 1949, 1950 and 1951.

No separate figures of beds occupied by patients from this area are available, since the hospitals managed by this Committee have no beds allocated for tuberculosis and patients are treated in other hospitals administered by the Newcastle Regional Hospital Board. I am informed that the Board proposes to provide a new unit of 80 beds in Cumberland shortly. Returns from the clinics managed by the Committee show a waiting list of 48 at the end of 1949 and 44 at the end of 1950. The figures for 1951 are not yet available.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many beds are now available for the treatment of tuberculosis in sanatoria and other hospitals, respectively.

At the end of 1951 there were 5,967 beds set aside in Scotland for the treatment of respiratory tuberculosis; 3,176 of these are in sanatoria and 2,791 in infectious diseases and general hospitals. One hundred and eighty beds in Swiss sanatoria are also being used.