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Volume 951: debated on Tuesday 13 June 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many outpatients were seen in the last convenient period; and how many beds were available in the same period, in National Health Service hospitals offering homoeopathic services.

Facilities for homoeopathic patients are provided at the Royal London Homoeopathic Hospital, British Homoeopathic Hospital and Tunbridge Wells Homoeopathic Hospital. In 1977 there were 262 average available beds, 6,607 new out-patients, 37,333 total outpatient attendances and 374 day cases in these hospitals. In addition facilities are provided at Mossley Hill Hospital (inpatients only) and Liverpool Clinic (outpatients only). In 1977 there were respectively 17 average available beds specifically for homoeopathic treatment, 151 new homoeopathic out-patients and 1,844 total out-patient attendances.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) how many doctors practising within the National Health Service have a qualification in homoeopathy;

(2) how many doctors practising in the United Kingdom have a qualification in homoeopathy.