§ Dr. Mawhinney
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many geriatric patients were treated in National Health Service hospitals in the years 1979, 1980, 1981 and 1982, respectively.
§ Mr. Geoffrey Finsberg
The number of individual patients treated in National Health Service hospitals is not recorded centrally. The available information is given in the table. Figures for 1982 are not yet available centrally.
NHS Hospitals in England Thousands 1979 1980 1981 Discbarges and deaths of in-patients in specialty of geriatric medicine 239 264 280 Out-patient attendances in specialty of geriatric medicine 224 255 270