§ Mr. Hayhoe
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether he is aware of the shortage of some 160 geriatric beds in the Hounslow Health District and of the low standard of the existing provision; and how and when improvements will be made.
§ Mr. Moyle
There is a shortage of geriatric beds in this district, and much of the existing provision is institutional in character. There is, however, also over656W provision of general acute beds which enables some elderly patients who might otherwise be in geriatric wards to be treated in acute wards. The regional and area health authorities are considering as a matter of high priority how geriatric services in this district can be improved.
§ Mr. Edwin Wainwright
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many geriatric beds there are in the Doncaster, Rotherham and Barnsley Area Health Authorities Districts, respectively; and how many geriatric persons are on the waiting lists.