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Volume 176: debated on Wednesday 18 July 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health what was the total number of (a) hospital beds, (b) nurses, (c) consultants and (d) all administrative staff in the national health service hospitals in (i) England and (ii) the Basildon and Thurrock health authority or its predecessor for each of the years 1960, 1965, 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985 and the most recent date for which figures are available.

[pursuant to the reply, 6 July 1990, c. 710–12]: I regret that one of the tables published contained an error. The corrected table for Basildon and Thurrock DHA is as follows:


Average daily number of available hospital beds2

Discharges and deaths2

Hospital nursing and midwifery staff (WTE)3

Hospital medical and dental consultants (WTE)4

Administration and clerical staff (WTE)






1 All figures are rounded to the nearest ten (10).

2 For years 1966 and 1970 the data is for Tilbury and South East Essex and South Ockenden hospital management committee.

3 There was a change in nurses' working hours in 1980–81 from 40 to 37.5 hours per week. This has not been taken account of in the calculations.

4 Figures are not available as consultant's contracts ae not directly held by non-teaching district health authorities.

5 Due to reorganisation of district boundaries in 1982, 1980 district data is not directly comparable to later years.

n/a = not available.