HC Deb 16 January 1984 vol 52 c110W
Dr. Owen

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is the latest estimate of the proportion of beds occupied by the over-65s in (a) general medical wards, (b) orthopaedic wards and (c) psychiatric wards.

Mr. John Patten

Information is not available centrally in the exact form requested. The available information is given in the table:

Speciality Percentage of occupied beds in National Health Hospitals in England used by patients aged 65 and over in 1981
General Medicine *56.3
Traumatic and Orthopaedic *48.5
Mental illness and mental handicap †39.8
* estimated average during the year 1981.
† based on the number of resident patients on 31 December 1981.