NHS: Debt - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:52 pm on 23rd January 2017.

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Photo of Baroness Boothroyd Baroness Boothroyd Crossbench 2:52 pm, 23rd January 2017

Order. That is a very good way to begin the week. My question is brief and very much to the point, and concerns the transportation of patients to and from hospitals. We are all aware that many patients often have to go to major hospitals—travelling 20 or 30 miles—on a daily, weekly, fortnightly or thrice-weekly basis. The cost must be horrendous; is this part of it? Can the Minister give any indication of the cost of transporting patients to and from hospitals?