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Hospital Beds

Volume 130: debated on Thursday 31 March 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list the number of beds available in Wales in each specialty in (a) 1979 and (b) for the last year for which figures are available; and if he will give the percentage increase or decrease.

[holding answer 30 March 1988]: The information is given in the following table:

Average daily available beds

Specialty

1979

1986

Percentage

2

General medicine1,620·61,697·0+ 4·7
Paediatrics513·8473·1- 7·9
Infectious diseases92·619·3-79·2
Diseases of the chest725·8231·2-68·1
Dermatology135·3131·6- 2·7
Neurology79·172·7- 8·1
Cardiology53·750·6- 5·8
Physical medicine/Rehabilitation76·066·8-12·1
Sexually transmitted diseases4·01·5-62·5
Rheumatology69·791·4+31·1
Geriatrics4,090·24,164·8+1·8
Younger disabled37·233·5- 9·9
General surgery1,873·01,768·7- 5·6
Ear, nose and throat360·5340·1- 5·7
Traumatic & orthopaedic surgery1,379·41,281·5- 7·1
Ophthalmology266·9240·0-10·1
Radiotherapy140·1166·2+18·6
Urology98·9158·9+60·7
Plastic surgery78·490·3+15·2
Thoracic surgery36·519·0-47·9
Dental surgery63·274·0+17·1
Neurosurgery66·283·5+26·1
Gynaecology686·2654·2- 4·7
Obstetrics981·99110- 7·2
Special care baby unit237·3220·7- 7·0
Mental illness children37·030·1-18·6
Mental handicap2,484·92,089·4-15·9
Mental illness5,263·94,210·4-20·0
Adolescent psychiatry45·532·0-29·7
Pre-convalsecent303·9168·0- 44·7
General practitioner—maternity187·4117·2-37·5
General practitioner—medical90851,019·4+12·2
General practitioner—dental0·10·10·0
Unclassified52·027·5-47·1
Staff wards11·41·3-88·6
Intensive therapy units17·381·1+368·8
Renal dialysis4·021·1-427·5
Burns surgery36·034·7-3·6
Short stay unit11·238·9-247·3
Cardiac surgery15·923·3-46·5
Psycho-geriatric184·7458·2+148·1
Chronic sick4·38·0+86·0
Haematology17·758·9+232·8
Continuing care (cancer)8·334·3+313·3
Medical Research Council9·88·1-17·3
Spina bifida unit11·511·6+0·9
Polish patients74·0n·a·
Elderly mentally infirm10·010-00·0
Pain clinic2·2n·a·
Programmed investigation unit3·1n·a·
Coronary care13·2n·a·
War pensioners56·719·8-65·1
High dependency unit10·0n·a·
Spinal injuries39·1n·a·
Miners treatment centre7·3-100·0
Total123,456·121,686·2-7·5

1 Individual specialty figures may not add to total due to rounding·

2 Increase/decrease·

n.a. Not applicable.