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Hospital Beds (Utilisation)

Volume 114: debated on Tuesday 7 April 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services which regional health authority has the best utilisation of beds and which has the worst; and by how much those authorities have improved their performance since 1979.

Inter-regional comparisons should be treated with some caution given the differing age structure and range of provision. however, information in terms of the number of in-patient cases treated for each available bed in 1985, the latest year for which figures are available centrally, is given in the table.

In-patient cases treated per available bed, NHS hospitals
19851979Percentage change 1979–1985
Acute specialties
Highest throughput in 1985, Oxford RHA38·631·6+22
Lowest throughput in 1985, Yorkshire RHA34·427·6+25
All specialties
Highest throughput in 1985, Oxford RHA23·718·4+29
Lowest throughput in 1985, SW Thames RHA115·511·9+30
1 Figures are not strictly comparable because of the effects of NHS restructuring in 1982.