§ Mr. John Home Robertson
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what payments were made for the blood supplied to private hospitals by the National Health Service in each of the last 12 months.413W
§ Dr. Vaughan
Blood is given free to the National Blood Transfusion Service, which makes no charge for providing it to private hospitals. As I explained in my reply to the hon. Member for Wolverhampton North-East (Mrs. Short) on 18 February—[Vol. 999 c. 162]—I am considering whether a charge should be made to cover handling and processing costs.