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Nhs Statistics

Volume 177: debated on Monday 23 July 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many in-patient cases are now being treated in the national health service; what is the percentage difference between this figure and the figures in 1987, 1983 and 1979; and whether he will make a statement;(2) how many day cases are now being treated in the national health service; and what is the percentage difference between this figure and the figures in 1987, 1983 and 1979.

A total of 6·59 million in-patient cases were treated in NHS hospitals in England during 1988–89, the latest date for which figures are available; this is 1 per cent. less than in 1987–88, 9 per cent. more than in 1983, and 22 per cent. more than in 1979.A total of 1·02 million day cases were treated in NHS hospitals in England during 1988–89, the latest date for which figures are available; this is 15 per cent. more than in 1987–88, 25 per cent. more than in 1983, and 72 per cent. more than in 1979.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what savings to the health servide have been made from the introduction of the selected list of drugs; and whether he will make a statement.

In 1985–86 the Selected List Scheme saved £75 million on the drugs bill. It is not possible to make meaningful estimates for subsequent years, but there is good reason to believe that significant savings continue to be made.