HC Deb 16 June 1953 vol 516 cc40-1W
56. Mr. Ross

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland the average cost of maintaining a patient in hospital during the year ended 31st March, 1953.

Commander Galbraith

I will send the hon. Member a figure for 1952–53, on the same basis as that given him on 21st April last for 1951–52, as soon as the necessary analysis of hospital accounts has been completed in some weeks' time. Meanwhile, I can say that the total expenditure for 1952–53 was 7.2 per cent. higher than for 1951–52 while the average number of in-patients increased by 3.3 per cent.