HC Deb 28 June 1984 vol 62 cc524-5W
Mr. Alton

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is the level of bed occupancy and the current waiting list in the gynaecological wing of the Women's hospital, Liverpool; how this compares with June 1983, June 1982, June 1981 and June 1980; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. John Patten

Hospital statistics for June of each year are not available centrally. The latest available figures are given in the table together with figures for earlier years. The bed occupancy figures are based on a midnight count and do not therefore reflect the use of beds by day patients who do not stay overnight. The waiting list figures do not include patients to be admitted on a nonresidential basis.

Women's Hospital, Liverpool—specialty of gynaecology
Year Average daily number of occupied beds Waiting list on 31 December
1980 56.8 726
1981 53.2 520
1982 45.8 651
1983* 51.3 563
* Provisional.

Comments on the health authority's proposals for closure of the Duchess Ward at Liverpool's Women's hospital were received by the district on 8 June. The district is considering those comments and recommendations will be put to the July meeting of the DHA.