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Health Expenditure

Volume 32: debated on Wednesday 24 November 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what has been the cost in constant prices of (a) drugs, (b) dressings and appliances and (c) the pharmaceutical services, in family practitioner committee expenditure and in hospital expenditure, respectively, for each financial year since 1971–72.

I shall let the hon. Member have a reply as soon as possible.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what was the average percentage of total National Healh Service expenditure by family practitioner services for the period 1963–64 to 1973–74; and what was its percentage of total National Health Service expenditure for each year since 1973–74.

The information requested, for England only, is as follows:

Family practitioner services expenditure as percentage of total NHS expenditure Per cent.
1964–65 to 1973–7424·5
1974–7521·6
1975–7620·8
Family practitioner services expenditure as percentage of total NHS expenditure Per cent.
1976–7721·1
1977–7821·4
1978–7922·3
1979–8021·8
1980–8121·2
1981–8221·6

  • 1. The figures are derived from accounts submitted to the Department by NHS authorities, local authorities prior to 1974, Dental Estimates Board and Prescription Pricing Authority.
  • 2. Percentages are based on net payments to FPS contractors—that is after deduction of patient charges—compared with total net capital and current expenditure by those authorities.
  • 3. There is an insignificant difference in the basis for the 10-year average—1964–65 to 1973–74—in that it is impractical to fully adjust the information from local authorities to reflect the 1974 reorganisation.