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Hospital Beds

Volume 165: debated on Wednesday 17 January 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many of the various categories of hospital beds there are at present; and how many there were for the equivalent categories 10 years ago.

The information requested is given in the table.

Average daily number of available beds by sector NHS Hospitals, England, 1979 and 1988–89
All specialties361,670282,937
Mental illness89,04562,999
Mental handicap50,12230,045
Maternity (General Practice and Obstetric)18,64015,367

Sources: 1979 SH3 return, 1988–89 KHO3 return.