§ Mr. Leslie Huckfield
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will list, in regional hospital board areas, the numbers of National Health Service and private patients who have been admitted to hospitals since the hospital ancillary workers dispute began, and also the numbers of those admitted in the preceding similar period.
§ Sir K. Joseph
This information cannot readily be obtained from hospital authorities in present circumstances. It is estimated that some 28,000 hospital beds in England are closed to admissions as a result of industrial action by ancillary staff.