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Volume 173: debated on Thursday 24 May 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what was the gross expenditure for hospital purposes by each of the health and social services boards in Northern Ireland for 1989–90; what is the allocation to each for such purposes for 1990–91; and if he will express all such figures in terms of per capita spending in each board area.

The information for 1988–89, the latest year available, is as follows:

Hospital Gross Revenue ExpenditurePopulation Figures1Expenditure Per Capita
Northern Board61,944,350384,300161·19
Southern Board65,403,315289,800225·68
Eastern Board244,551,304645,200379·03
Western Board64,333,977258,800248·59
1These are the resident populations within each board area. No adjustment has been made for patients who, while being resident within one board area, receive hospital treatment within another board area (cross-boundary flows). This happens, for example, in the provision of regional specialties by the Eastern board.
Information is not held centrally on the amount each board will allocate to hospital services for 1990–91. Allocations to the health and social services boards are made by the Department of Health and Social Services on a block basis and it is a matter for each board to arrange its services, commensurate with regional strategic priorities.