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Cryptosporidiosis

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
19791988–89
Regional health authorityAverage daily available bedsIn-patient cases treatedIn-patients per available bedAverage daily available bedsIn-patient cases treatedIn-patients per available bed
Northern25,305368,57814·621,520461,03321·4
Yorkshire29,946433,78314·522,765551,45824·2
Trent31,712464,91714·725,992626,10224·1
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
Wessex19,021302,77215·914,824391,37626·4
Oxford13,664251,89818·411,024296,43326·9
South Western24,456338,89013·919,166451,58623·6
West Midlands36,263547,77315·128,784689,45724·0
Mersey21,982282,62912·915,776347,89322·1
North Western30,812509,04916·526,409640,54824·3
Special Health Authorities23,41987,69625·72,78090,94132·7
England361,6705,400,12014·9282,9376,585,98223·3

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.