§ Dr. Broughton
asked the Minister of Health how many beds were closed in hospitals under the control of each of the regional hospital boards, separately, by reason of a shortage of nursing staff at the latest convenient date.
§ Mr. Turton
The position at 30th September, 1955, was as follows:
Regional Hospital Board. Beds closed through lack of staff. Newcastle 142 Leeds 687 Sheffield 990 East Anglian 360 North West Metropolitan 1,293 North East Metropolitan 1,592 South East Metropolitan 4,529 South West Metropolitan 1,693 Oxford 403 South Western 696 Welsh 470 Birmingham 2,025 Manchester 1,576 Liverpool 209