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Clatterbridge Hospital, Bebington

Volume 79: debated on Wednesday 22 May 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what representations he has received from the relevant health authority regarding staff shortages and the amount of resources available at Clatterbridge hospital, Bebington; and what response he has made.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will make a statement about nursing shortages in the radiotherapy unit in Clatterbridge hospital, Bebington.

Responsibility for the management of Clatterbridge hospital rests with the Wirral health authority. The hon. Member may therefore wish to write to the chairman about this.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many patients have died within 24 hours of being moved between wards at Clatterbridge hospital, Bebington.

We do not collect this detailed information centrally. The hon. Member may therefore care to write to the chairman of the Wirral health authority.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will make a statement about the funds made available to Clatterbridge hospital, Bebington, for radiotherapy treatment and intensive nursing care.

We allocate funds to the Mersey regional health authority and it allocates part of these funds to the Wirral health authority for the provision of all its services. These allocations are not usually broken down into resources for individual units because that is a matter for the management of each district health authority to determine according to national policy guidelines and their own judgment of local priorities. We allocated £503 million revenue expenditure to Mersey regional health authority for the year 1985–86 which is an increase of 4·9 per cent. over its 1984–85 funding.