Mr. William Hamilton
asked the Minister of Health how many hospital beds are not being used because of the
shortage of nurses; and what were the comparable figures five and ten years ago.
This information is not available. In some areas beds may be temporarily out of use because of shortage or sickness of nurses but the total number of nursing staff is now the highest ever.
asked the Minister of Health how many hospital beds are now unused because of shortage of nursing staff.
I would refer the hon. Member to my reply today to my hon. Friend the Member for Fife, West (Mr. William Hamilton).