To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many hospital beds have been lost in Wales since 1979.
Between the calendar year 1979 and the financial year 1989–90 the number of average daily available beds fell by 3,600. Over the same period the number of in-patients treated rose by 125,800— + 36 per cent.—and the number of day cases rose by 54,800—+ 176 per cent.
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many hospital wards are proposed for closure in Wales; and if he will make a statement.
The information held centrally relates only to proposed closures which are at present the subject of formal consultation. On this basis, and including those cases where consultation has ended but a final decision has yet to be made, 52 hospital wards are subject to closure proposals. Of these, 25 are linked to the planned development of a new district general hospital for the people of Taff-Ely and the Rhondda.
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many hospitals have closed since 1980.
Since 1 January 1980 the number of hospitals that have closed, and are still closed, is 21. However, during the same period eight hospitals, including five district general hospitals, have opened.