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Hospital Beds

Volume 175: debated on Tuesday 26 June 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many beds were closed in each region for 1989–90, 1988–89 and for the latest six months.

Centrally held statistics record only beds available at the end of each financial year. Comparing year-end figures does not provide a measure of beds closed because the published figures are also affected by new beds opening or reopening during the year. The information requested is therefore not available centrally.