HC Deb 18 July 1986 vol 101 c666W
Mr. Knox

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is the average daily cost of administration to the National Health Service of one hospital patient and the equivalent average daily amount paid by a private patient in a private clinic or hospital.

Mr. Hayhoe

The costing returns for 1984–85 submitted to the Department by health authorities give an average cost for hospital administration (including medical records) of £4.35 per in-patient day. This average includes hospitals of all types except those administered by the special health authorities for the London postgraduate teaching hospitals, for which equivalent figures are not readily available. It does not include the administration costs of regional and district headquarters, as these are not apportioned between hospital services and the other services for which health authorities are responsible. I regret that information is not available on amounts paid in private clinics or hospitals.

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