asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many hospitals were closed from March 1974 to May 1979; and how many have been closed since May 1979.
A total of 280 hospitals were closed between 1 January 1974 and 31 March 1979. During the period 1 April 1979 to 31 December 1979, the dependent. Separate totals for those who received earnings-related supplement are not available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.latest date for which figures are avail able, health authorities decided on the permanent closure of 21 whole hospitals or units: not all will yet have taken place. Sixteen of the 21 were already being considered for closure when this Government took office.