§ Mr. David Atkinson
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what were the total numbers of hospital beds (a) in 1979 and (b) at the latest convenient date (i) nationally, (ii) in the Wessex region and (iii) in the east Dorset health authority district.
§ Mr. John Patten
The available information is given in the table.
Average daily numbers of available beds 1979 1982 England 361,670 348,104 Wessex Regional Health Authority 19,021 18,546 East Dorset District Health Authority 2,126 2,128