Nurse/Patient Ratios (Hansard, 17 November 1987)
HC Deb 17 November 1987 vol 122 c539W
Mr. Strang

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will give the nurse-to-patient ratio for each year since 1979 in Lothian health board.

Mr. Michael Forsyth

The information requested is not available centrally, but the following table shows the ratio of the number of whole-time equivalent nurses (including qualified, unqualified and learner nurses) to average occupied beds in each year to 31 March.
Ratio
1979 1.2:1
1980 1.3:1
1981 1.3:1
1982 1.4:1
1983 1.4:1
1984 1.4:1
Listed 1 Crown 2 Crown 3 Crown 4 Crown 5 Crown Total
Classification only 11 4 16 16 5 52
Grading
Approved 14 9 85 60 11 179
Commended 5 3 68 190 140 12 418
Highly commended 1 10 9 13 33
Total 30 16 170 276 165 25 682

The scheme, which is voluntary, also covers guest houses and bed and breakfast and self-catering accommodation. A figure on the rate of failure among hotels is not available.

The scheme has been very well received and is proving to be highly successful. It should prove to be a most useful marketing tool and will also serve as a means of encouraging the provision of good quality accommodation.

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