HC Deb 20 May 1952 vol 501 cc43-4W
Mr. J. Morrison

asked the Minister of Health how many persons in his Department are employed in studying comparative hospital costs; how many are so employed by the regional hospital boards; what professional qualifications are looked for in recruiting such staff; how far there are arrears of work in this sphere; and what practical economies in hospital expenditure have been achieved so far by the comparative studies.

Mr. Iain MacLeod

The study of costs is inseparable from other aspects of hospital financial administration and no separate special staff are employed. As it is also a continuous process there are no arrears in the usual sense of the word. It is not possible to pick out specific economies which were originally suggested by a comparison of costs, but I am sure that this aspect of hospital administration has paid, and will continue to pay, excellent dividends.

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