HC Deb 14 July 1992 vol 211 cc677-8W
Mr. Stevenson

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make it her policy to ensure that opted-out hospitals maintain responsibility for training and research for medical and nursing staff.

Dr. Mawhinney

Trusts are expected to play a full role in teaching and training, including both undergraduate and postgraduate medical and dental education and other

Percentage of hospital discharges after abortion (not legally induced) to livebirths for 1967. 1968, 1979 and 1985 England and Wales (except 1985, England only)
Year ICD Description Number of discharges Number of livebirths Rate per 100 livebirths
1967 650.0 + 651.0 Spontaneous abortion 67,816 832,164 8.15
650.2 + 651.2 Abortion induced for other reasons1 285 832,164 .03
650.3 + 651.3 Other abortion 1,800 832,164 .22
1968 642 Abortion induced for other reasons1 550 819,272 .07
643 Spontaneous abortion 5,951 819,272 .73
644 Abortion not specified as induced or spontaneous 60,824 819,272 7.42
645 Other abortion 2,068 819,272 .25
1979 634 Spontaneous abortion 26,641 638,028 4.18
636 Illegally induced abortion 72 638,028 .01
637 Unspecified abortion 25,501 638,028 4.00
19852 634 Spontaneous abortion 32,716 619,301 5.28
636 Illegally induced abortion 93 619,301 .02
637 Unspecified abortion 18,789 619,301 3.03
1 Reasons other than legal or medical indications.
2 England only.


Data for 1967 are based on the seventh revision of the International Classification of Diseases. Data for 1968 are based on the eighth revision, and data for 1979 and 1985 are based on the ninth revision. The data for the three periods in question are not necessarily comparable.

professional training and research. Health authorities or purchasers are expected to take account of teaching and research interests in their purchasing decisions.

Mr. Stevenson

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of beds are sold to the private sector by opted-out hospitals.

Mr. Sackville

National health service hospital trusts have powers to authorise the use of beds for private patients, subject to the statutory requirement that there is no significant interference with the performance by the trust of its obligation under NHS contracts. Beds are not sold to the private sector and remain available to NHS patients.

Mr. Godsiff

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what legal limits there are on the number of pay beds in hospital trusts.

Dr. Mawhinney

I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave the hon. Member for Carmarthen (Mr. Williams) earlier today.

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