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Private Hospitals

Volume 87: debated on Monday 18 November 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many social security or industrial injury claimants requiring medical examinations have been referred to private hospitals in England and Wales and Scotland; what is the cost involved for each patient and to which hospitals the patients have been referred.

To enable the statutory adjudicating authorities to determine a claim for benefit, medical examination by a consultant may be necessary. The place of the examination is entirely a matter for the consultant concerned, and information is not held centrally on how many take place in private hospitals.