§ Mr. Rogers
asked the Secretary of State for Wales how many National Health Service hospitals have been closed in Wales: and what is the total bed loss as result of the closures for each year since 1979.
§ Mr. Mark Robinson
Nineteen NHS hospitals have been closed in Wales since 1979. It is not meaningful to compute changes in totals of bed numbers from hospital closures alone since the net overall change is a combination of hospital closures, new hospital openings and changes in existing hospital provision. However, the totals of the bed complements for the hospitals closed were:
Numbers 1979 66 1980 176 1981 201
Numbers 1982 Nil 1983 76 1984 262 1985 162 1986 293