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Nhs Pay Beds: Trail Scheme

Volume 431: debated on Tuesday 22 June 1982

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asked Her Majesty's Government:Which National Health Service authorities have at any time since the passing of the National Health Service Act 1980 made request to the appropriate Secretary of State for leave to embark upon a trial scheme of authorisation of pay beds by a system of a maximum number of bed days per annum rather than a system of a ceiling on the number of pay beds which may be used at any one timeā€”as envisaged in paragraph 20 of the Health Circular issued by the DHSS dated 6th August 1980; the dates of the requests; whether in each case leave was given; and whether it is possible to report on the success or other wise of any such scheme.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health and Social Security
(Lord Trefgarne)

:Twenty-nine area health authorities in England and Wales expressed interest in managing private in-patient activity within NHS hospitals on the basis of an authorised number of bed-days per annum. The authorities and the dates of their approaches are given below. The majority did not provide proposals in detail. The five authorities marked with an asterisk were invited to participate in trial schemes which are currently in progress. It will not be possible to draw conclusions before at least next summer, following completion of the trials.

Health AuthorityDate of request
Tameside*26 February 1981
Bradford26 February 1981
Avon4 March 1981
Bedfordshire10 March 1981
HertfordshireApril 1981
Sandwell11 May 1981
Stockport13 May 1981
Devon15 May 1981
Hampshire*18 May 1981
Cheshire21 May 1981
Trafford27 May 1981
Bromley4 June 1981
Ealing, Hammersmith and Hounslow9 June 1981
Cornwall and Isles of Scilly23 June 1981
Health AuthorityDate of request
Surrey7 July 1981
Warwickshire9 July 1981
Kent28 July 1981
Lincolnshire3 August 1981
Gwynedd*4 August 1981
Kirklees7 August 1981
Hereford and Worcester11 September 1981
Coventry*21 September 1981
Rochdale24 September 1981
Clwyd*19 October 1981
Dyfed19 October 1981
North Yorkshire17 November 1981
Dorset25 November 1981
Barnsley8 January 1982
Greenwich and Bexley27 January 1982
House adjourned at twenty-eight minutes before eleven o'clock.