§ 57. Mr. Litterick
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what was the total number of additional beds created in private hospitals in the last 12 months for which figures are available; and how many pay beds were phased out of National Health Service hospitals during the same period.
§ Mr. Moyle
Beds in private hospitals and nursing homes in England registered under the Nursing Homes Act 1975 increased by 794 between December 1976474W
in class I employment have varied according to the amount of the individual's earnings and to other factors such as sex and whether the contributor is contracted out of the State scheme.
For the purpose of illustration, however, the following table shows the increases in weekly contributions* of a man who has been a full member of the State scheme and who at the time of each change in contributions is receiving average earnings.† In December 1967 his contribution was £1.23 on earnings of £21.55.
and December 1977. During the same period 937 pay bed authorisations were withdrawn from NHS hospitals.
§ 64. Mr. Hugh Jenkins
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many hospital beds are in use and available currently as compared with the position in 1974.
§ Mr. Moyle
At 28th June 1978 the numbers awaiting admission, and, of those 475W the numbers that had been waiting one year or more, were as follows:
Specialty Numbers awaiting admission Numbers waiting 1 year or more General surgery 849 372 Gynaecology 438 36 Orthopaedics 475 193 Ophthalmology 403 194 Ear, nose and throat 120 27 Dental surgery 60 10 Total 2,345 832