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North-West Region (Health Facilities)

Volume 950: debated on Wednesday 24 May 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether, in view of the fact that the capital stock in health facilities in the North-West based on the region's weighted population is approximately £108 million below average, he will revise the allocations for capital expenditure currently proposed for 1979 to 1982 by upgrading the North-West in order to bring it into parity of provision with other regions.

We are fully aware of the needs of the region for capital resources, and the assumption within which it has been asked to plan its capital programme for the years 1979–80 to 1981–82 is higher in relation to weighted population than

Area Health AuthorityHospitalAverage daily number of available beds in 1977
WiganBillinge160
Atherleiph116
Astley56
Whelley70
BoltonBolton General194
Hulton100
Wilkinson49
BuryFairfield92
Florence Nightingale44
Robinson Kay50
RochdaleBirch Hill131
Marland94
SalfordHope38
Ladywell230
Eccles and Patricroft22
OldhamOldham and District General233
Westhulme25
TraffordBridgewater134
Denzell Continuation19
Ashton on Mersey19
StockportStepping Hill51
St. Thomas'187
Cherry Tree6
Mauldeth Home77
TamesideTameside General106
Hyde91
Shire Hill74
Manchester North DistrictNorth Manchester General309
Monsall37
Manchester South DistrictWithington329
Wythenshawe132
Greater Manchester Total3,275
Detailed information about the catchment areas for individual hospitals is not available centrally.

that of any other region. It represents the highest planning assumption we can fairly offer to the North-Western Region having regard to current public expenditure forecasts and to the relative needs of other regions.

Actual allocations, and the speed with which inequalities between regions can be reduced, will depend on the relative needs of regions as assessed year by year and the capital resources available.