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NHS: Procurement

Volume 502: debated on Tuesday 8 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the NHS spent on medical supplies and equipment in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement. (304252)

Total revenue expenditure on clinical supplies and services taken from the national health service audited summarisation schedules was £4,922,822,000 in 2008-09, which is the latest period for which figures are available.

Revenue expenditure on clinical supplies and services is taken to include drugs, dressings, medical and surgical equipment, x-ray equipment and supplies, laboratory equipment, appliances (e.g. artificial limbs and wheelchair hardware) and the maintenance of equipment. The Department does not collect information that allows capital expenditure on medical equipment to be disaggregated from total capital expenditure.