HC Deb 21 April 1959 vol 604 c32W
71. Mr. G. Thomas

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what fees are required of first, second and third class patients, respectively, in the public hospital in Victoria, Seychelles; and whether he will make a statement on the difference in service provided.

Mr. J. Amery

For medical and surgical cases only the fees are Rs. 20 per diem first class, Rs. 5 second class, and third class no charge. For maternity cases the fee is Rs. 100 first class for the first 8 days and Rs. 20 daily thereafter: Rs. 30 and Rs. 5 respectively for second class. For third class the total fee is Rs. 5 irrespective of the time spent in hospital.

There is no difference in medical or surgical attention provided for all patients but the first-class patients are accommodated in single rooms, whereas second and third class patients are in wards. The food served to first-class patients is of European type whereas second and third class food is based on local tastes.