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Hospital Accommodation And Food

Volume 127: debated on Friday 12 February 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services what is the estimated daily cost of (a) accommodation and (b) food for hospital patients in each district health authority in England.

[holding answer 8 February 1988]: I regret that information on the daily cost of hotel services for inpatients could not be provided in the form requested without incurring disproportionate cost. However, the average daily cost of in-patient hotel services (including catering) in large acute hospitals was £4.89 in 1985–86 (the latest year available).The estimated cost of feeding patients is not available by district health authority. The estimated cost by regional health authority in 1985–86 was:

RegionTotal catering cost per patient/day (£)
East Anglian2·94
North West Thames2·83
North East Thames2·70
South East Thames2·91
South West Thames2·66
South Western2·74
West Midlands2·75


Total catering cost per patient/day (£)

North Western2·79
All Regions2·78