HC Deb 16 December 1983 vol 50 cc589-90W
Mr. Gareth Wardell

asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he will publish in the Official Report for each of the past five years and for each local authority in Wales: (a) the proportion of the social services department expenditure that is spent on the mentally handicapped, (b) the number of mentally-handicapped adults per 100,000 geriatric patients were occupied by people over the age of 75 years; and what percentage of other beds (a) in district general hospitals, (b) in community hospitals and (c) in psychiatric hospitals were occupied by patients over the age of 75 years for each of the health authorities in Wales on the latest date for which figures are available.

Mr. Nicholas Edwards

Information on age-specific bed occupancy can be obtained only from a detailed inpatient census; such a census was carried out in psychiatric hospitals and units on 5 April 1983, and the following table is derived from that source. No comparable information is available for district general hospitals or community hospitals.

Percentage of beds in psychiatric hospitals and units occupied by patients aged 75 and over*
Per cent.
Clwyd 16.1
East Dyfed 27.1
Gwent 30.7
Mid Glamorgan 26.6
Powys 21.1
South Glamorgan 29.1
West Glamorgan 33.9
WALES 26.4
* As at 5 April 1983. There are no mental illness hospitals or units in Pembroke and Gwynedd.