HC Deb 08 March 1994 vol 239 c157W
Mr. Frank Field

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many long-stay hospital ward beds have been closed nationally and in the Wirral since the introduction of the National Health Service and Community Care Act 1990.

Mr. Bowis

The first full year of data following the introduction of the national health service aspects of the Act was 1991–92. These data exclude long-stay places provided by the NHS in the community or purchased from independent providers. It shows that between 1991–92 and 1992–93 there was at net increase of four long-stay hospital ward beds in the NHS in the Wirral and a net decrease of 6,832 in England.

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