§ Mr. Ralph Howell
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is the average weekly cost of keeping an elderly person in a hospital geriatric ward.
§ Mr. Moyle
Costs in National Health Service hospitals are calculated according to the type of hospital, and it is not possible to identify the cost of treating patients suffering from specified diseases or conditions in hospitals in which the specialties are mixed. However, in hospitals in which the beds were provided exclusively or predominantly for geriatric patients, the average cost per in-patient week in England in 1977–78 was approximately £109.