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Hospital And Community Health Services

Volume 300: debated on Monday 10 November 1997

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list for each health authority (a) the integrated allocation for hospital and community health services and (b) the funding per capita for (i) 1996–97 and (ii) 1997–98. [14600]

A table detailing the information requested has been placed in the Library.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what interim weighting was used for community health services for the 1997–98 integrated allocation for hospital and community health services. [14599]

An interim needs weighting was introduced into the main weighted capitation formula in 1997–98. This formula is used to inform general allocations to health authorities.The needs weighting took the form of a number of indices which reflect the specific pattern of need for community health services, based on indicators of health and socioeconomic status from the Census and other sources.Full details are given in the booklet "HCHS Revenue Resource Allocation to Health Authorities: Weighted Capitation Formulas", copies of which are available in the Library.