§ Lord Balniel
asked the Minister of Health why the average cost of maintaining in-patients in psychiatric, mental subnormality, hospitals is very much less than the cost of maintaining patients in any other type of hospital.
§ Mr. K. Robinson
The main reasons are that treatment in hospitals for the mentally subnormal does not involve so much medical and nursing time or such expensive drugs, medical and surgical appliances and equipment as treatment in other types of hospital. Also, subnormality hospitals use, as required, many of the services of specialised departments of general hospitals.