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NHS: Finance

Volume 481: debated on Tuesday 21 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of expenditure in the NHS was spent on (a) administration and (b) monitoring targets in 2007-08. (228096)

The Department does not collect the specific information requested.

The Department does collect information that will form part of administration and monitoring costs. This includes the cost of administration and clerical staff groups, which (excluding NHS foundation trusts) represented approximately 4 per cent. of the total expenditure of the NHS in the 2007-08 financial year, compared to approximately 5.3 per cent. in the 1997-98 financial year. However, it should be noted that many staff included within this expenditure will have operational rather than purely administrative roles.

In addition, the Department also collects Management Cost information, which (excluding NHS foundation trusts) represented approximately 3 per cent. of the total expenditure of the NHS in the 2007-08 financial year. It should be noted management costs much more than just the cost of administration and monitoring targets.