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Hospital Beds

Volume 888: debated on Thursday 13 March 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if she will publish figures to show the numbers of hospital beds available per 1,000 population in each health district in Kent in respect of each medical and surgical specialty.

The numbers of beds are shown below. Comparison between

South-East KentCanterbury/ThanetDartford/GraveshamMaidstoneMedwayTunbridge Wells
Medical Specialties
General Medicine0·510·731·020·270·440·55
Chest Diseases0·200·18061004
20 beds only20 beds only
Physical Medicine/Rehabilitation0·600·06
Surgical Specialties
General Surgery0·770·610·780·260·550·66
Ear, Nose & Throat0·100·110·160·250·080·10
Traumatic and Orthopaedic0·270·630·460·310·280·53
Plastic Surgery0·43
Thoracic Surgery0·22
Dental Surgery0·010·020·020·12
Special Care Babies0·040·080·070·090·07
GP Maternity0·090·060·110·33
GP Other0·160·310·130·021·21

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many hospital beds have had to be closed and for how many days each as the result of enforced holidays taken by nursing staff due to the back-dating of the recommendations of the Halsbury Report.

Information in the form requested is not available.I am aware that the implementation with effect from 1st April 1974 of the increased annual leave for nurses, recommended by the committee of inquiry under Lord Halsbury, has given rise to operational problems in a number of hospitals. Elsewhere, health authorities have minimised the effect by making use of the Whitley Council agreement whereby leave not taken may be carried over to the following leave year. The effect of the additional leave on nurse staffing may then be spread over the period ending 31st March 1976.