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Consultation Costs

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 1 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent estimate she has made of the average cost of a consultation at a (a) general practitioner surgery, (b) minor injuries unit, (c) walk-in centre and (d) accident and emergency department. (92036)

The Department does not collect the costs and volumes of general practitioner (GP) activity levels.

The following table shows data for national average reported costs for attendances at:

minor injuries unit (MIU);

walk in centres, first and follow up; and

accident and emergency (A and E) department.

Reference costs code

A and E services

National average unit cost (£)


Discrete MIU (3)



Walk in centres (first attendance only)



24-hour A and E department (4)



Non-24-hour A and E department/casualty department


Notes:1. Figures are for 2004-05, as reported by NHS providers in the 2004-05 reference cost collection.2 Reference costs data for these services are reported on a full absorption costing basis per attendance and so include both direct costs, e.g. staff costs, and indirect costs, e.g. overheads. 3. Data for MIU are for discrete units only. Where a MIU forms part of the 24-hour A and E department, the costs and activity are reported as part of the 24-hour A and E department. 4. Data for 24-hour A and E department is the weighted average unit cost for all 24-hour A and E department activity. This includes the cost of patients who are dead on arrival.