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Birmingham Hospitals

Volume 124: debated on Thursday 17 December 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services how many beds at the children's hospital, Birmingham, and the Queen Elizabeth hospital, Birmingham, are at present not available for use.

The Department does not routinely monitor the availability of beds on a day-to-day basis.The hon. Member may therefore wish to write to the chairman of Central Birmingham health authority for the information he seeks.

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services what was the total number of beds available for patients (a) at the children's hospital, Birmingham, and (b) at the Queen Elizabeth hospital, Birmingham, in September 1986 and at the latest available date.

I regret that I cannot give the hon. Member the precise information he has requested. The latest available information is given in the table.

Average daily number of available beds at 31 December 1985 and 1986
19851986
Children's hospital, Birmingham190·8193·2
Queen Elizabeth hospital, Birmingham519·0524·9