HC Deb 04 February 1957 vol 564 c3W
19. Mr. Hayman

asked the Minister of Health how many vacant beds there are region by region in sanatoria and chest hospitals; and to what extent these are due to lack of staff.

Mr. Vosper

The following is the answer:

Regional Hospital Board Area Average number of beds staffed and available but not occupied Beds vacant for lack of staff at 31st December, 1955
Newcastle 308 44
Leeds 244 267
Sheffield 310 112
East Anglia 185 95
North West Metropolitan 688 60
North East Metropolitan 353 88
South East Metropolitan 275 160
South West Metropolitan 657 124
Oxford 59 14
Southwestern 308 41
Wales 320 139
Birmingham 222 461
Manchester 149 66
Liverpool 409
4,487 1,671

20. Mr. Hayman

asked the Minister of Health to what extent chest hospitals, region by region, are now able to deal with chest cases other than those of pulmonary tuberculosis.

Mr. Vosper

Precise figures are not available, but my information is that in all regions suitable accommodation no longer needed for pulmonary tuberculosis is being brought into use for other chest conditions.

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