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Neonatal Care

Volume 227: debated on Wednesday 23 June 1993

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health what was the number of nurses per neo-natal cot nationally and per region at the latest available date.

The information is not available in the form requested. Latest data on the number of beds on neo-natal wards and nursing staff employed in special care baby units are shown in the tables.

Table 1: Average number of daily available beds 1990–91 England, regional health authority (RHA) and special health authorities
Northern RHA260
Yorkshire RHA282
Trent RHA295
East Anglian RHA121
North West Thames RHA248
North East Thames RHA275
South East Thames RHA271
South West Thames RHA189
Wessex RHA182
Oxford RHA180
South Western RHA148
West Midlands RHA371
Mersey RHA172
North Western RHA340
Special Health Authorities41

Note: These beds are in wards for neonates in regional designated intensive centres or non-maternity wards.

Regional figures do not add up to England total due to rounding.

Source: KHO3 return, lines 10, 11.

Qualified Nurses

Unqualified Nurses



North East Thames RHA1301080220
South East Thames RHA1602050230
South West Thames RHA401070110
Wessex RHA110050170
Oxford RHA1302050200
South Western RHA15010100260
West Midlands RHA24040130400
Mersey RHA7030100190
North Western RHA20030270510
Special Health Authorities5010060

Source: Non-medical Workforce Census September 1991.

Figures are rounded to the nearest 10 whole-time equivalent—regional figures may not therefore add up to England total.