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Nhs (Expenditure)

Volume 82: debated on Monday 1 July 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will set out the total gross expenditure, current and capital, on the National Health Service in England for each year since 1971–72 for (a) hospital and community health services, (b) family practitioner committees and their predecessors and (c) centrally funded services with the percentage increase in real terms (gross domestic product deflator), percentage increase deflated by the retail prices index and percentage increase deflated by movements in National Health Service pay and prices.

The tables set out total gross expenditure (current and capital) in the National Health Service in England for each year since 1971–72. Percentage changes in real terms are measured by the gross domestic product deflator. As the hon. Member has specifically asked for the figures to be deflated by the retail price index, and by National Health Service pay and prices, they are also given, but I do not accept that these figures are sensible measures of expenditure in real terms.

Hospital and Community Health Services Gross Current and Capital Expenditure
£ million cashPercentage increase in real terms (GDP deflator)Percentage increase deflated by the Retail Prices IndexPercentage increase deflated by NHS pay and prices
1971–721,433
1972–731,656+7·0+7·9+5·9
1973–741,893+6·6+3·5+3·6
1974–752,595+14·7+16·3+1·9
1975–763,409+4·8+5·4+1·8
1976–773,874+0·3-1·4*
1977–784,251-3·5-3·7+0–8
1978–794,779+ 1·6+ 3·8+ 2·6
1979–805,737+2·8+3·8*
1980–817,435+9·2+11·4+1·3
1981–828,293+1·4+0·1+3·4
1982–838,827-0·4-0·6+0·3
1983–849,321+1·1+0·9+0·7
1984–859,874+1·4+0·8+0·5
* Insignificant.
Family Practitioner Services Gross Current and Capital Expenditure
£ million cashPercentage increase in real terms (GDP deflator)Percentage increase deflated by the Retail Prices IndexPercentage increase deflated by NHS pay and prices
1971–72484
1972–73534+2·2+3·1+1·6
1973–74585+2·0-0·9+3·0
1974–75697-0·2+1·2*
1975–76925+5·8+6·4+5·2
1976–771,079+2·9+1·1+5·5
1977–781,221-0·5-0·7+2·4
1978–791,434+6·2+8·4+1·9
1979–801,685+0·5+1·4+0·3
1980–812,115+5·8+7·9*

£ million cash

Percentage increase in real terms (GDP deflator)

Percentage increase deflated by the Retail Prices Index

Percentage increase deflated by NHS pay and prices

1981–822,442+5·0+3·6+2·1
1982–832,829+8·4+8·2+3·7
1983–843,039+2·9+2·6+1·9
1984–853,371+6·1+5·6+2·8

* Insignificant.

Centrally Financed Services Gross Current and Capital Expenditure

£ million cash

Percentage increase in real terms (GDP deflator)

Percentage increase deflated by the Retail Prices Index

Percentage increase deflated by NHS pay and prices

1971–7283
1972–7390+0·5+1·4+4·5
1973–74114+17·8+14·4+15·4
1974·75134-1·8-0·4-3·5
1975–76177+5·2+5·9+4·2
1976–77196-1·7-3·5-1·5
1977–78218-2·5-2·7-0·5
1978–79242+0·2+2·4+0·9
1979–80291+3·0+4·0+2·8
1980–81365+5·8+7·8+3·9
1981–82422+5·1+3·7+5·7
1982–83477+5·9+5·6+5·6
1983–84557+11·8+11·6+11·3
1984–85602+3·4+2·8+3·0

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what has been the level of National Health Service expenditure each year since 1960; what percentage change each year this represents in real terms as measured by the retail prices index; what percentage change each year this represents in terms of National Health Service pay and prices; and what percentage change each year this represents in terms of gross domestic product.

I refer the hon. Member to my reply to him on 7 June at columns 291–2.