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Ophthalmic Services: Expenditure

Volume 465: debated on Thursday 25 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total cost of ophthalmic services in each of the regions was in each of the last three years. (158908)

As part of the annual accounts process, primary care trusts and strategic health authorities (SHA) now show total resource expenditure on both primary and secondary care services in each of 23 clinical areas. The following table shows the programme budget data on one of those categories, eye/vision problems. This should include expenditure on primary care services provided through the general ophthalmic services, which provide sight tests and optical vouchers to those patient groups entitled to these national health service services, as well as the cost of secondary and additional primary care services directly attributable to problems relating to the eye and vision. The cost of any general practitioners consultations involving eye or vision problems is not separately quantified and is therefore not included in this data.

Programme budget data on expenditure on eye/vision problems in England, 2004-05 to 2006-07

£000

SHA code

SHA

2004-051

2005-061

2006-07

Q30

North East Health Authority (HA)

73,558

69,074

76,377

Q31

North West HA

220,567

210,838

209,352

Q32

Yorkshire and the Humber HA

155,479

166,860

167,417

Q33

East Midlands HA

100,705

110,896

104,695

Q34

West Midlands HA

151,801

154,088

164,896

Q35

East of England HA

145,270

151,673

146,988

Q36

London HA

192,151

189,848

172,871

Q37

South East Coast HA

103,140

108,149

107,019

Q38

South Central HA

90,739

94,953

89,726

Q39

South West HA

126,114

132,268

122,223

England

1,359,524

1,388,646

1,361,565

1 Data are configured to the 10 new strategic health authority areas; figures for 2004-05 and 2005-06 are obtained by grossing the figures from the former SHA configuration and may include some pro rata estimation.