§ Mr. Skinner
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many hospital beds are available to private patients from the National Health Service; and what percentage of the total of National Health Service beds this figure represents.168W
§ Mr. Geoffrey Finsberg
In England a total of 2,723 beds in NHS hospitals may be made available to private patients. This represents about 0.75 per cent. of the total number of beds provided by the NHS.