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Regional Hospital Boards (Expenditure)

Volume 496: debated on Tuesday 26 February 1952

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what instructions have been issued to regional hospital boards to reduce their expenditure; and on what items economies have to be effected.

I have recently asked regional hospital boards to see that even more than the usual care is exercised this year to eliminate all unnecessary expenditure. In particular, the recruitment of additional nursing, domestic, administrative and clerical staff will have to be justified by reference to specific needs. A reduction of hospital building work, of the order of 10 per cent., is being made to release labour and materials for housing and defence purposes.