HC Deb 26 July 1951 vol 491 cc89-90W
102. Dr. Hill

asked the Minister of Health what upper limit he has placed on the number of beds which a teaching hospital shall contain; and upon what grounds his decision was based.

Mr. Blenkinsop

In my right hon. Friend's view it is undesirable for acute general hospitals to have more than 700800 beds. The relevant considerations are well set out in the Chief Medical Officer's Report for 1948, pages 141 to 142, of which I am sending him a copy.