§ Mr. Golding
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what savings have been made in pathology laboratories following the introduction of computers; and whether he will make a statement.
§ Sir K. Joseph
Trials of computers in pathology laboratories are being made at present to assess their effect on management procedures, use of resources and quality of patient care. There are not yet enough data to permit final conclusions on costs. Indications are that savings in staff and material costs tend to be balanced by the costs of the systems, but this does not take account of benefits in patient care and in management organisation.