HC Deb 27 November 1995 vol 267 cc513-4W
Mr. Jim Cunningham

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many(a) local authority residential places, (b) independent sector residential places, (c) national health service long-stay geriatric and psycho-geriatric beds and (d) independent sector nursing home places there were in (i) 1970 and (ii) 1990. [1127]

Mr. Bowis

The information available centrally is shown in the table. The figures for 1970 are not strictly comparable with those for 1990 due to a variety of changes in recording practices.

Residential places and hospital beds
19701 19901
Local authority residential places2 n/a3 105,400
Independent sector residential places2 54,900 180,500
NHS geriatric hospital beds (annual average available)4.5 39,5916 48,734
NHS psycho-geriatric long-stay hospitals beds (annual average available)5 n/a7 18,879
Independent sector nursing home places8 n/a9 94,313


1 Figures for 1970 relate to 31 December; those for 1990 relate to 31 March.

2 Places in homes for elderly people and people with physical and/or sensory disabilities.

3 Information on places was not collected in 1970; there were 99,700 elderly residents in local authority residential homes at 31 December 1970.

4 Figures are for long and short stay beds.

5 1970 classification based on clinical specialty, 1990 based on ward classification.

6 Figure is for England and Wales.

7 Figures for geriatric and long-stay not separately identified in 1970.

8 Beds for elderly people and elderly people with mental health problems.

9 Information not collected centrally.


Department of Health statistical returns RAC5, KO36.

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