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Mental Health Services

Volume 930: debated on Friday 29 April 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) what was the total revenue expenditure on services for the mentally ill for the East Anglian Regional Health Authority for 1975–76 and for each area health authority within that region;

(2) what was the total revenue expenditure in 1975–76 on services for the mentally ill in the North-East Thames Regional Health Authority and for each area health authority within that region:

(3) what was the total revenue expenditure on services for the mentally ill in 1975–76 for the North-Western Regional Health Authority and for each area health authority within that region;

(4) what was the total revenue expenditure on services for the mentally ill for 1975–76 for the North-Western Thames Regional Health Authority and for each area health authority within that region.

It is not possible from the accounts of NHS authorities to identify expenditure on the treatment of patients suffering from specified diseases or conditions, except where treatment is given in hospitals in which the beds are provided exclusively or predominantly for the use of a single specialty. Services for the mentally ill are provided not only in such special purpose hospitals but frequently in acute and other hospitals, and also as part of the community health services. I regret, therefore, that the information is not available in the form requested.Expenditure in 1975–76 of area health authorities within these four regional health authorities on hospitals specifically designated as psychiatric (mental illness) was as follows:

EAST ANGLIAN REGION
£
Area Health Authority—
Cambridgeshire2,478,8883
Norfolk5,406,814
Suffolk3,386,213
Total for Region11,271,910
NORTH-WESTERN REGION
£
Area Health Authority—
Lancashire5,791,019
Salford (Teaching)4,947,851
Stockport198,545
BoltonNIL
BuryNIL
Manchester (Teaching)NIL
OldhamNIL
RochdaleNIL
TamesideNIL
TraffordNIL
WiganNIL
Total for Region10,937,415

NORTH-EAST THAMES REGION
£

Area Health Authority

Essex6,752,418
Barking and Havering4,057,462
Camden and Islington5,343,652
City and East London1,191,067
Redbridge and Waltham Forest8,153,044
Enfield and HaringeyNIL
Total for Region25,497,643

NORTH-WEST THAMES REGION
£

Area Health Authority

Bedfordshire3,104,069
Hertfordshire2,605,975
Barnet4,583,483
Brent and Harrow5,030,002
Ealing, Hammersmith and Hounslow (Teaching)5,946,572
HillingdonNIL
Kensington, Chelsea and Westminster (Teaching)7,773,843
Total for Region29,043,944

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what was the total expenditure on services for the mentally ill for 1975–76 for each local authority within the London Central Region, Regional Planning Area No. 8 of the Social Work Service.

Some local authority services—e.g., field social work services—are of a general nature, and it is not practicable to separate out expenditure on these into expenditure on specific client groups. Thus, total expenditure by individual local authorities on services for the mentally ill cannot be identified.