§ Mrs. Roche
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people there are to each doctor-nurse team in the capital; and how this will alter after the closure of accident and emergency facilities in London hospitals.
§ Mr. Sackville
In inner London in 1992, there were 480 people per hospital and general practice doctor, and 97 people per hospital and general practice nurse.
No accident and emergency facilities will close until alternative services are available. Therefore we would not expect any significant overall change in the ratio of medical and nursing staff per head of population as a result of changes in the pattern of casualty services.