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Nhs (Beds)

Volume 86: debated on Monday 11 November 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what has been the average daily number of available beds in the National Health Service each year since 1960; and what was the percentage change each year.

The information requested is given in the table. It should be noted that the number of in-patient cases treated rose from 3,932 thousand in 1960 to 6,178 thousand in 1984 and the number of cases treated per available bed rose from 8·8 to 18·5 over this period.

NHS Hospitals in England
YearAverage daily number of available bedsPercentage change on previous year
1960448,343-0·2
1961442,343-1·3
1962440,316-0·5
1963439,176-0·3
1964438,404-0·2
1965437,408-0·2
1966434,846-0·6
1967434,378-0·1
1968432,140-0·5
1969428,737-0·8
1970423,621-1·2
1971419,612-0·9
1972412,664-1·7
1973403,526-2·2
1974396,235-1·8
1975387,632-2·2
1976383,132-1·2
1977375,926-1·9
1978369,235-1·8
1979361,670-2·0
1980355,978-1·6
1981351,669-1·2
1982348,104-1·0
1983343,091-1·4
1984334,513-2·5