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Patients (Treatment Costs)

Volume 22: debated on Friday 30 April 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many patients who attend the pathological and radiological departments of hospitals in each of the regions of England, Wales and Scotland, have been referred directly from the private clinics of part-time consultants and not from the hospital or its neighbour hospitals' outpatient clinics; in what percentage of cases referred from the consultants' private clinics a charge is made for the particular examination ordered; and what is the annual sum of money that the National Health Service has reclaimed in this way in each of the past three years, region by region.