§ Mr. Wigley
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what was the number of discharges and deaths of elderly people in Gwynedd from National Health Service hospitals in the county for each year from 1980 to 1989, together with the number of beds, including acute, rehabilitation and support, which were available for elderly people in these hospitals in each of these years.
§ Mr. David Hunt
The latest available data, relating to the number of discharges and deaths of people aged 65 and over from NHS hospitals in Gwynedd, are as follows:
Numbers 1980 8,676 1981 9,765 1982 8,951 1983 11,151 1984 11,250 1985 12,559 1986 14,626 1987 15,592 1988 16,553
Information on the number of beds specifically available for the elderly is not available centrally. While information on the number of beds in specialties designated as geriatrics, psychogeriatrics and elderly mentally ill is available, beds in other specialties (eg general medicine, general surgery) can be used for people of all ages.