HC Deb 21 February 1984 vol 54 c492W
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