§ 19. Mr. Chris Smith
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is his Department's latest estimate of the cost of providing care in the community in place of long stay hospitals.
§ Mr. John Patten
The cost of providing care in the community for people moving out of long-stay hospitals can vary considerably depending on individual needs and the service developments required locally to meet those needs. The Department cannot therefore make a meaningful estimate of such costs or how they may compare with costs in long-stay hospitals.