§ Mr. Wiggin
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is the total number of geriatric beds in England and Wales; how many patients are awaiting admission to a geriatric unit; and how the national ratio compares with that of the South-West Regional Hospital Board area.
§ Mr. Crossman
The following are the figures at 31st December, 1968:
Geriatric and chronic sick beds Patients on waiting lists Ratio of patients on waiting lists to beds England and Wales 59,903 8,748 1:6.85 South-Western Regional Hospital Board area 4,948 704 1:7.03