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Gastrointestinal System: Health Services

Volume 470: debated on Thursday 24 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent on treating gastrointestinal disease in England in each of the last five financial years for which figures are available. (178034)

The Department published figures in the annual resource accounts showing the following gross expenditure on ‘problems of the gastro intestinal system’ for the last four financial years.

Financial reporting year

Gross expenditure (£000)

2003-04

3,164,671

2004-05

3,526,063

2005-06

3,973,450

2006-07

3,851,576

The figures are calculated from programme budgeting data, which were collected for the first time in financial year 2003-04.

Comparison between 2005-06 and 2006-07 figures is not straightforward due to a combination of factors:

the use of new Healthcare Resource Group data (HRG4) to calculate costs;

a reassignment of primary diagnosis codes to programme budgeting category;

the introduction of the new programme budgeting sub-categories; and

a change in the methodology for calculating non-admitted patient care costs.