HC Deb 31 January 1968 vol 757 cc362-3W
Dr. David Owen

asked the Minister of. Health how many patients are admitted annually to hospital for more than one week; and what is the average length of stay of these patients.

Mr. K. Robinson

Approximately 2,386,000 to non-psychiatric and 158,000 to psychiatric hospitals in 1964, which is the latest year for which the relevant figures are available. The average length of stay of these non-psychiatric patients is about four weeks. Because some psychiatric patients stay a long time an average figure would not be meaningful.