HC Deb 06 March 1995 vol 256 cc46-7W
Mr. Alex Carlile

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many acute psychiatric beds per 1,000 of the population there are in (a) the West Midlands region, (b) the North West region, (c) the North Thames region, (d) the South Thames region and (e) in England and Wales.

Mr. Bowls

Information is not available in the form requested. The numbers of beds per thousands of population, in wards for patients suffering from mental illness, are shown in the table:

Average daily available beds1 Population 2 Beds per thousand population
West Midlands 3,854 5,289,772 0.73
North West 6,466 6,616,509 0.98
North Thames 7,300 6,793,292 1.07
South Thames 5,742 6,716,917 0.85
England 43,162 48,532,705 0.89


KHO3 returns.


1 Beds include both short and long stay, for children, elderly and adults. Beds are not for the exclusive use of the population of the region in which they are to be found.

2 Population as at mid-1993.

Figures for wales are a matter for my right hon. Friend the Secretary of Wales.