§ Mr. Hargreaves
asked the Secretary if State for Social Services (1) what was the total number of beds in the North-West regional health authority in the following categories (a) children's, (b) acute, (c) surgical and (d) medical and geriatric; and what was the ratio of these to the relevant population in 1979 and 1983, respectively;
(2) what was the total number of beds in the districts now known as the Blackburn, Hyndburn and Ribble valley district health authority and Tameside and Glossop district health authority in the following categories: (a) children's acute and (b) surgical, meical and geriatric; and what was their ratio to the relevant population in 1979 and 1983, respectively.
§ Mr. John Patten
Information is not available in precisely the form requested. The available information is given in the table.71W
1979 1983 (provisional) Speciality Average daily number of available beds Available beds per 1,000* population Average daily number of available beds Available beds per 1,000* population Tameside and Glossop health authority Paediatrics 28 0.5 21 0.4 Acute surgical 268 1.1 287 1.2 Acute medical 117 0.5 135 0.5 Geriatrics 255 7.3 244 6.9 North Western regional health authority Paediatrics 723 0.8 722 0.9 Acute surgical 7,824 1.9 7,487 1.9 Acute medical 4,945 1.2 4,876 1.2 Geriatrics 4,890 8.0 5,194 8.5 * Population aged 0–15 for paediatrics
Population aged 65 and over for geriatrics
Total population for acute medical and acute surgical.