HC Deb 30 March 1979 vol 965 c394W
Mr. Pavitt

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services why the Royal Free hospital is sending patients for diagnosis in cases of suspected carcinoma to the facilities run by a private practice insurance organisation; how many patients have been diagnosed; what charges are paid by the hospital; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Deakins

The Royal Free Hospital does not at present have a head scanner, although one is being acquired. Meanwhile, in order to provide a speedier, more efficient and less painful diagnostic procedure, 125 patients with suspected brain tumours and carcinoma have been treated by the British United Provident Association's scanner at a cost of £12,680.