HC Deb 06 August 1980 vol 990 cc217-8W
Mr. William Hamilton

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many hospital beds have been closed in each hospital region from 31 December 1979 to the latest date for which figures are available; and how many more closures are contemplated in the present financial year.

Dr. Vaughan

Information is not held centrally in the form requested but between 1 January 1980 and 30 June 1980 decisions were taken to close permanently hospitals or parts of hospitals which will involve the following numbers of beds:

Regional Health Authority
Northern 22
Yorkshire 39
Trent 168
North-Western 52
North-West Thames 67
North-East Thames 128
South-East Thames 146
South-West Thames 32

Not all of these closures will yet have taken place. No decisions to make permanent closures were taken in the remaining regions.

At 30 June 1980, the Department had been notified by area health authorities of proposals to close permanently other hospitals or parts of hospitals involving the following numbers of beds:

Regional Health Authority
Northern NIL
Yorkshire 51
Trent 109
East Anglia 10
North-West Thames 252
North-East Thames 197
South-East Thames 78
South-West Thames 861
Wessex 216
Oxford 55
South Western 16
West Midlands 128
Mersey 1024
North-Western 59

It is not possible to say when decisions will be taken on these proposals.