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Intensive Care

Volume 35: debated on Monday 17 January 1983

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether, pursuant to his answer to the hon.

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Member for Berwick upon Tweed on 8 December, Official Report, c. 510, he will list the level of provision of neonatal intensive care cots in each of the South-West Thames, North-East Thames and North-West Thames regions as compared with that in the Northern region.

This information is not collected centrally, and the most recent figures are derived from a special survey undertaken in March 1980. The position in the 4 Thames regions was then as follows:

RegionNo. of i/c cotsNo. of live births (1981)i/c cots per 1,00 live births
North-East Thames1140,0350·22
South-East Thames1644,4850·35
South-West Thames1234,4980·35
North-West Thames2146,3830·45
4 Thames regions60175,4010·34
Special inquiries were made of the Northern RHA for the purpose of answering the hon. Member's question on 8 December 1982 but regrettably I am now advised that the figure given of 8 intensive care cots in the Northern region was incorrect. There are currently 6 cots, as against 4 in January 1979 and 5 in March 1980. This represents a level of approximately 0·5 cots per 1,000 live births in 1981.