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Geriatric Beds

Volume 888: debated on Tuesday 18 March 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is the present ratio of geriatric beds in the Medway health district; what shortage of beds this represents; and how it compares with the national ratio.

In the Medway Health District there are 7·13 beds per 1,000 population over age 65 compared with the national average of 8·8 beds per 1,000, and this represents a shortfall of about 55 beds.