HC Deb 05 November 1993 vol 231 cc534-5W
Mr. Loyden

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what is the nature of the contracts with SAS Service Partner, Compass and other companies involved in the planned patient hotel on the site of the Royal Liverpool university hospital; when the contracts will commence; and what comparison she has made between the proposals and those made in 1990 in connection with the same site;

(2) what is the status of the document "Making a Difference to Patient Care-Proposed Short Stay Facility at the Liverpool Royal University Hospital"; and to what consultative procedures its proposals will be subject;

(3) what proportion of the staff employed at the proposed patient hotel on the site of the Royal Liverpool university hospital will be qualified nursing or medical staff; what qualifications the stewards and stewardesses will have; and what company will control the staff;

(4) if she will make a statement on the proposals for management and staffing in paragraph 5 of the proposal for a short-stay facility at the Royal Liverpool university hospital.

Mr. Sackville

The information requested by the hon. Member is not available centrally and he may wish to contact the trust chairman, Mr. J. Fitzpatrick, for details.

We understand the proposed short-stay, low dependency facility at the Royal Liverpool university hospital national health service trust will provide more appropriate care to low-dependency patients, improving their mobility and choice while providing a more cost-effective service.