§ Mr. Parry
asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) how many units of blood have been supplied by the blood transfusion service to (a) National Health Service hospitals and (b) other hospitals since May 1979 in Northern Ireland;
(2) what handling charges per unit have been paid in Northern Ireland by private hospitals to the blood transfusion service for the supply of blood since May 1979;
(3) to which private hospitals in Northern Ireland blood from the blood transfusion service has been supplied since May 1979.
§ Mr. Chris Patten
The two private hospitals in Northern Ireland, the St. John of God hospital and the Ulster independent clinic, obtain blood supplies from the nearest general acute hospitals, unlike the Health Service hospitals, which receive their supplies direct from the regional blood transfusion centre. Handling charges are not required to be paid. The numbers of units supplied are as follows:
Health Service Hospitals Others 1979 *62,567 †103 1980 81,092 361 1981 68,154 434 1982 66,590 381 1983 (to June) 31,597 294
* Covering period April-December 1979.
† Covering period May-December 1979.