HC Deb 15 May 1987 vol 116 cc438-9W
Mr. Meadowcroft

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will list the costing returns submitted by health authorities in England showing total current expenditure on hospitals categorised as pre-convalescent and convalescent for each year from 1979 to date.

Mr. Newton

[pursuant to his reply, 30 April 1987, c. 221–22]: The information requested is as follows.

Year Expenditure £
1979–80 13,458,656
1980–81 10,349,329
1981–82 10,758,114
1982–83 9,943,684
1983–84 9,657,117
1984–85 6,911,744
1985–86 5,500,259

The level and extent of provision of convalescence beds is a matter for local decision. Modern concepts of patient care and rehabilitation have resulted in a diminishing demand for convalescence in its traditional form.