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Volume 175: debated on Wednesday 4 July 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action his Department is taking to reduce the number of cases of cryptosporidiosis caused by a waterborne parasite; and if he will make a statement.

I refer the hon. Member to the reply by my hon. Friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Environment to the hon. Member for Southwark and Bermondsey (Mr. Hughes) on 29 June at columns 363–64.

Average daily available beds1 and in-patient cases treated, NHS hospitals, by regional health authority, 1979 and 1988–89
Regional health authorityAverage daily available bedsIn-patient cases treatedIn-patients per available bedAverage daily available bedsIn-patient cases treatedIn-patients per available bed
East Anglian13,094201,86715·411,827269,63722·8
North West Thames227,905403,26414·520,145416,15320·7
North East Thames229,443455,85115·523,285521,29122·4
South East Thames228,408438,88915·419,574487,81524·9
South West Thames226,242312,26411·919,066344,25918·1
South Western24,456338,89013·919,166451,58623·6
West Midlands36,263547,77315·128,784689,45724·0
North Western30,812509,04916·526,409640,54824·3
Special Health Authorities23,41987,69625·72,78090,94132·7

Source: SH3 return 1979, HKo3 and SH3a returns 1988–89.

1 Excludes neonatal cots on maternity units, also beds on wards open during the day only.

2 Figures are not directly comparable over the period, due to NHS restructuring in 1982.