asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if she will publish details in the Official Report of the total number of beds in the Medway Hospital Group; how this compares with the national average; and what is, for an area of this population, the considered optimum number of beds.
The figures are not readily available. I shall be writing to my hon. Friend.
|Average daily number of available beds 1973||Number of beds required||Shortfall (-) Excess (+)|
|Surgery (including Gynaecology)||…||81,351|
|Maternity (including General Practitioners beds)||…||21,804||18,500||+ 3,304†|
|Mental Illness and Mental Handicap||…||165,465||—||—§|
|* The actual number of beds considered adequate to meet demand can only be determined by local considerations. Currently hospitals are being designed to acute bed ratios ranging between 2 and 2·8 beds/1,000 population.|
|† The bed requirement has been calculated on a national basis and the excess shown masks some local deficiencies.|
|‡ These beds are provided at the rate of 10 per 1,000 population age 65 and over.|
|§ Plans for the development of services for the mentally ill and mentally handicapped envisage an expansion of day and out—patient facilities and local authority day and residential services with a corresponding reduction in the number of hospital beds.|