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Health Spending

Volume 164: debated on Monday 18 December 1989

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health what is (a) the average and (b) the range of expenditure per patient between general practitioner practices in each family practitioner committee area of the Northern health region in the year 1988–89, using the PACT database.

Northern Regional Health Authority
Range of basic prices/patients
Average basic price/patientLowestHighestQuarter Ending
Cleveland FPC11·466·6442·80July 1989
Cumbria FPC10·952·5319·21August 1989
Durham FPC11·876·9020·21August 1989
Gateshead FPC10·567·8014·85June 1989
Newcastle FPC10·152·9414·71July 1989
Northumberland FPC10·857·4116·13June 1989
North Tyneside FPC12·546·4221·45June 1989
South Tyneside11·008·3513·60June 1989
Sunderland FPC12·057·4517·66August 1989


1. The figures are based on patient list sizes of 500 or more of prescribing doctors within the FPC. Lists of less than 500 and of dispensing doctors are not included.

2. The figures are net ingredient cost (basic price) of prescriptions dispensed in response to prescriptions written by practices within the FPC. They take no account of discount, dispensing costs or fees and therefore do not represent actual expenditure.

3. The FPCs are divided into three streams for reporting purposes. Each stream has a different quarterly cycle. Aggregated annual data is not available.