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Hospital Laboratory Reagents

Volume 417: debated on Wednesday 25 February 1981

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asked Her Majesty's Government:What is their present estimate of the cost to public funds of hospital laboratory reagents currently supplied by publicly financed manufacturing units; and what would be the corresponding cost if these materials were purchased from commercial manufacturers.

The manufacture of various reagents is an integral part of the work of a number of NHS and centrally financed units, and its cost is not separately identified. I regret that the cost of replacing them, where possible, by commercial products cannot be estimated on the basis of information which is available centrally.