HC Deb 17 July 1968 vol 768 cc215-6W
Mr. Roebuck

asked the Secretary of State for Defence to what extent the fees charged to civilians of£10 5s. per day in the officers' wards and£9 5s. per day in the ratings' wards of the Royal Naval Hospital, Malta, meet the cost of treatment and board.

Dr. David Owen

For the sake of simplicity, the same fees are charged at all Service hospitals overseas. A typical hospital is costed; and the fees are designed to cover the full costs of treatment, board and overheads. This arrangement is of long standing. The Army Department, which is responsible for producing the costs and proposed fees, is now considering a revised costing.