HC Deb 22 February 1965 vol 707 cc15-6W
69. Mr. Dodds

asked the Minister of Health why general hospitals spend an average of 30s. a week per patient for power, light and heating when for mental hospitals it is only 10s. or less and in some cases less than 3s. per patient; and what investigations have taken place to ascertain the reasons for this disparity.

Mr. K. Robinson

There are more resident staff in acute hospitals and the cost of services for them is proportionately much higher; proportionately more power and heat is needed in the acute hospitals for operating theatres, lifts, sterilising, etc.; and patients in the acute hospitals who are physically ill and immobilised require a higher standard of heating than those in psychiatric hospitals.

I am not aware of costs as low as 3s. 0d. per patient per week in 1963–64.

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