§ 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.