HC Deb 23 April 1993 vol 223 c248W
Mr. Nigel Griffiths

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what is the average total cost per patient per week of providing in-patient care to residents of long-stay mental handicap hospitals in Wales.

Mr. Gwilym Jones

The average total cost per patient per week is not available.

Patient treatment services for in-patients and day cases in mental handicap hospitals in Wales in 1990–91—the latest comprehensive figures available—averaged £45.80 per person per day, or £320.60 per week. Figures for general services such as catering, laundry, building and engineering maintenance, etc., which are estimated to add around a further 40 per cent. to the cost, are not included because, although they are available as an overall figure, they cannot be disaggregated into patient types.

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