Hertford British Hospital, Paris

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Defence – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 2nd April 1958.

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Photo of Mr George Jeger Mr George Jeger , Goole 12:00 am, 2nd April 1958

asked the Minister of Defence how many staff are employed at the Hertford British Hospital in Paris; what has been the average number of patients treated per week in the hospital since it was reopened in May, 1957; and what is the weekly cost of maintaining the hospital.

Photo of Mr Duncan Sandys Mr Duncan Sandys , Wandsworth Streatham

The number of staff is 100. The weekly average number of patients is 74. Since the hospital opened less than a year ago, I cannot give a reliable figure of cost.

Photo of Mr George Jeger Mr George Jeger , Goole

Does the right hon. Gentleman think that this hospital is an economic proposition? Would it not be far better to make arrangements with either a French or American hospital in Paris for the treatment of British patients, or would it not be even better to fly such patients back home for treatment in Britain?

Photo of Mr Duncan Sandys Mr Duncan Sandys , Wandsworth Streatham

It is difficult to say of a hospital what is an economic proposition. I do not know exactly what the hon. Member has in mind. Whether it is run economically is another matter and something which is now before the Public Accounts Committee, and I think that the House will wish me to await that Committee's Report before commenting.