§ 24. Dr. Stross
asked the Minister of Health what number of hospital beds are available in Stoke-on-Trent for the Treatment of all conditions other than mental 1334 disease; and what is the total population which is served by this accommodation in North Staffordshire.
§ Mr. Iain Macleod
I am informed that the number in the group was 2,419 at the end of 1954 for an estimated population of 477,340.
§ Dr. Stross
Would it be fair to say that this is perhaps a little better than the national average?
§ Mr. Macleod
No, Sir. I think it is about five per 1,000 population, which would make it, though not far away, a little worse.