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Hospital In-Patients (Cost)

Volume 951: debated on Tuesday 13 June 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is the current weekly cost per in-patient for children in mental handicap hospitals.

I regret that the costs of keeping children in hospital are not separately identified in the hospital costing returns.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is the current in-patient cost per week for (a) a general hospital and (b) a teaching hospital.

The most relevant type of hospital included in the classifications used for costing purposes is the acute hospital with more than 100 beds. For the year ended 31st March 1977, the latest for which costing returns have been received, the average costs per in-patient week in hospitals of this type in England have been provisionally assessed as follows:—

All hospitals of type£244
Teaching hospitals of type£298
These figures are subject to revision when the calculations for 1976–77 have been finalised.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many psychiatric patients discharged from hospital each year are considered to need some form of sheltered employment.

This information is not available. We are considering with the help of a feasibility study whether to ask the Office of Population Censuses and Surveys to mount a national survey of discharged psychiatric patients, and this might throw some light on the scale of day care and employment requirements.