HC Deb 07 April 1987 vol 114 c194W
38. Mr. Tim Smith

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services which regional health authority has the best utilisation of beds and which has the worst; and by how much those authorities have improved their performance since 1979.

Mrs. Currie

Inter-regional comparisons should be treated with some caution given the differing age structure and range of provision. however, information in terms of the number of in-patient cases treated for each available bed in 1985, the latest year for which figures are available centrally, is given in the table.

In-patient cases treated per available bed, NHS hospitals
1985 1979 Percentage change 1979–1985
Acute specialties
Highest throughput in 1985, Oxford RHA 38.6 31.6 +22
Lowest throughput in 1985, Yorkshire RHA 34.4 27.6 +25
All specialties
Highest throughput in 1985, Oxford RHA 23.7 18.4 +29
Lowest throughput in 1985, SW Thames RHA1 15.5 11.9 +30
1 Figures are not strictly comparable because of the effects of NHS restructuring in 1982.

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