These maps compare recent data on available hospital beds per 1,000 people and the percentage of patients waiting more than 13 weeks for inpatient admission or day case treatment, across England, Wales and Northern Ireland (including the ten English Strategic Health Authority's).

The maps reveal that while Northern Ireland and Wales had the highest number of available hospital beds, these countries also had the highest percentage of patients waiting more than 13 weeks for treatment.

A companion series of maps compares NHS staffing numbers within the four UK countries and the ten English SHA regions.

The maps are based on data from the report: Funding and performance of healthcare systems in the four countries of the UK before and after devolution, which examines the impact of devolution in the four countries by studying a number of key performance indicators such as expenditure, staffing levels and waiting times.

UK and international comparisons are an important part of our work. By examining established practice overseas, we aim to bring the benefits of international experience to inform policy-making and practice in the UK. As part of this, we are recognised as an authority on the comparative performance of the four health systems of the UK.

To find out more about our work in this area, visit our project page: Funding and performance of health care systems in the four countries of the UK.

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