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Abortions

Volume 447: debated on Tuesday 13 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost to the NHS of carrying out abortions (a) in the UK and (b) in Gloucestershire was in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available. (74163)

The available information is set out in the following tables.

The cost to the national health service of carrying out abortions in England is shown in table one. For NHS providers data for the period prior to 1997-98 are not held centrally. For non-NHS providers, data for the period prior to 2002-03 are not held centrally. These data do not include personal medical services pilots.

Table two shows the cost to the NHS of carrying out abortions in NHS providers in Gloucestershire. Data are not collected on a geographical basis and the data provided cover the following organisations:

Cotswold and Vale Primary Care Trust (PCT);

Cheltenham and Tewkesbury PCT;

West Gloucestershire PCT; and

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Equivalent data prior to 2002-03 are not available due to organisation reconfiguration.

No data were submitted for non-NHS providers by these organisations.

Table 1: National schedule of reference costs—Cost of termination of pregnancy

£

NHS providers

Non-NHS providers

1997-98

20,472,084

n/a

1998-99

28,097,500

n/a

1999-2000

29,308,577

n/a

2000-01

30,990,216

n/a

2001-02

33,425,262

n/a

2002-03

36,349,538

4,762,972

2003-04

36,759,034

8,740,792

2004-05

39,264,951

10,693,466

Notes:

1. NHS providers data based on returns from NHS trusts, foundation trusts and PCTs in England.

2. Non-NHS providers data based on returns from NHS trusts, foundation trusts and PCTs in England for activity they contract out to / directly commission from non-NHS providers.

3. For non-NHS providers collections prior to 2003, this information was not collected separately. It would have been reported in part in the NHS trust own data return.

4. Data also relate to activity carried out for admitted patients (does not include outpatients) and exclude excess bed days.

5. We do not distinguish between trimesters in the above, therefore the above will be an average of all.

6. Figures include market forces factor (MFF).

Sources:

NHS providers:

National schedule of reference costs 1998.

Appendix 4 of National schedule of reference costs 1999 to 2005.

Non-NHS providers:

Appendix 5 of National schedule of reference costs 2003 to 2005.

Table 2: NHS providers in Gloucestershire: cost of termination of pregnancy

Total cost (£)

2002-03

541,418

2003-04

506,792

2004-05

281,861

Notes:

1. Data based on returns from appropriate NHS trusts and PCTs, including Cotswold and Vale PCT, Cheltenham and Tewkesbury PCT, West Gloucestershire PCT and Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

2. Data also relate to activity carried out for admitted patients (does not include outpatients), and exclude excess bed days.

3. We do not distinguish between trimesters in the above, therefore the above will be an average of all.

4. Figures include MFF.

Sources:

NHS providers: National schedule of reference costs 1998 to 2005.