HC Deb 15 November 1965 vol 720 cc675-6
33 Mr. Pavitt

asked the Minister of Health how many hospital beds there are in the area served by the former London and Middlesex County Councils; how many are governed by teaching hospitals and how many are under the administra- tion of regional hospital boards; and what estimate he has made of the number which are likely to be transferred to teaching hospitals in the next year.

Mr. K. Robinson

In National Health Service hospitals, 51,639; of these 15,654 are administered by boards of governors of teaching hospitals and 35,985 by regional hospital boards.

I am considering further proposals for transfer of beds to teaching hospitals, but have not yet made any decisions.

Mr. Pavitt

Whilst recognising the tremendous efforts my right hon. Friend is making to get more doctors in teaching hospitals, may I ask him to bear in mind the long-term cogent reasons for the integration of teaching hospitals with the regional hospital boards?

Mr. Robinson

When the time comes to consider the long-term aspects of the administration in the London area I shall bear the views of my hon. Friend in mind.