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Hospital Beds

Volume 886: debated on Wednesday 19 February 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what are the number of NHS hospital beds available, per head of the population, in each of the regional health authorities; and what were the figures for 1970, 1965, 1960, 1955 and 1950, respectively.

Following are the figures for 1973, being the latest year available,

AVERAGE DAILY NUMBER OF AVAILABLE NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE BEDS PER 1,000 POPULATION BY REGIONAL HOSPITAL BOARD AREA
Year
Region1970196519601955
Newcastle9·069·129·139·15
Leeds9·9610·3710·9011·22
Sheffield7·367·748·158·44
East Anglia8·048·669·449·63
North West Metropolitan9·619·7311·5912·01
North East Metropolitan9·079·66
South East Metropolitan9·179·86
South West Metropolitan‡12·9914·13
Oxford7·698·389·379·87
South Western10·2910·9411·8612·39
Wales9·5510·0910·3210·32
Birmingham8·158·709·319·61
Manchester8·749·179·8010·03
Liverpool9·8610·8111·2511·43
Wessex*8·549·2310·17
England and Wales9·189·7310·3710·73
* Wessex Regional Hospital Board formed in 1959.
† Breakdown of provincial teaching available beds estimated.
‡ Figure comparatively high because of a concentration of psychiatric hospitals serving London which are located in Surrey.