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Regional Allocations

Volume 165: debated on Friday 19 January 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will give for 1990–91 the cash sums added or deducted from each National Health Service region's allocation in respect of cross-boundary flows of patients and in the case of the Northern region, identify the sum in respect of inflows of patients from Scotland.

[holding answer 17 January 1990]: The information requested is shown in the table. In the case of Northern region the sum of £1,361,000 added for cross-boundary flows represents an addition of £1,383,000 for net inflow from Scotland less £22,000 for net inflow to Wales.

Cross-boundary flows for 1990–91
£000's
+ /- English cross-boundary flows (net)+ /- Wales and Scotland (net) flows
Northern-7,0541,361
Yorkshire-3,593-53
Trent-24,784-233
East Anglian14,55158
North West Thames-20,566394
North East Thames55,896212
South East Thames13,232462
South West Thames-37,094-2
Wessex-4,94481
Oxford-6,865-6
South Western3,459572
West Midlands4,2526,184
Mersey-14,66311,429
North Western28,173586
Total021,045

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether, pursuant to his reply to the hon. Member for Newcastle upon Tyne, Central on 10 January, Official Report, column 663, he will list (a) amounts paid to each regional health authority in respect of patients served from outside England under the resource allocation working party formula, (b) express those payments in standard prices with the current year as the base and (c) express such payments as a cash figure per 1,000 population of the region in standard prices with a similar base.

[holding answer 17 January 1990]: No specific allocation was made to English regions in respect of the flow of patients from outside England. Cross-boundary patient flows from outside England were only taken into account under the resource allocation working party (RAWP) formula in assessing the relative needs of English regions.