§ Mr. Dobson
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what was the average revenue cost per acute bed in the National Health Service in each year since 1974 in real terms.498W
§ Mr. John Patten
Information is available as below on the average annual current cost of beds in hospitals classified as acute, mainly acute or partly acute. These hospitals also include some geriatric, mental illness and maternity beds.
Average annual current cost per occupied bed in acute, mainly acuteand partly acute hospitals (England) at average 1981–82 prices Year £ 1975–76 22,860 1976–77 22,740 1977–78 23,170 1978–79 24,050 1979–80 23,940 1980–81 24,400 1981–82 24,620
Comparable information was not collected for 1974–75; figures for 1982–83 are not yet available.