Cost should never be an issue when repairing a product.. as doesn't that ultimately effect patient care?
Have you ever worked outside the NHS, Peter?
Yes Geoff, I was a Senior Field Service Engineer for the company mentioned in this post, for 8 years, so have alot of experience with the products and how much things cost.
Even now I take the attitude that if your gonna fit something do it right with the correct parts. Obviously we ask the client (if doing PCT) if they want us to go ahead.
Parts are expensive, top covers (currently £250ish) from huntleigh,are a small expense when the product is in the region of £4000-5000 to replace.