§ 39. Mr. Edwin Wainwright
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if, in the light of the large numbers of people 211W on the waiting lists for geriatric beds in the Trent Regional Health Authority area, he will now take action to provide more geriatric beds in that part of the country.
§ Dr. Owen
Accommodation providing 573 additional geriatric beds is under construction in Trent Region. The consultative document "Priorities for Health and Personal Social Services in England" reflects the importance which my Department attaches to adequate geriatric facilities in general and community hospitals and proposes targets of provision which health authorities have been asked to take into account in future plans.