§ Mr. Dobson
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services by what percentage the average daily charge for use of a National Health Service pay bed and the average charge for private use of a National Health Service operating theatre have risen since 1979; and if he will express the increase (a) in money terms, (b) in real terms, calculated according to the retail price index, and (c) in resource terms, calculated according to the relative price coefficient.55W
§ Mr. Kenneth Clarke
Charges for private patients in NHS hospitals are related to the class of hospital in which treatment is given. The percentages shown in the following table are derived from averages covering all classes and take account, where possible, of the relative use made by private patients in each class.
1 2 3 Per cent. Per cent. Per cent. Pay bed charge 87 27 20 Non resident use of operating theatre 71 16 9
The gross increase from 1979–80 to 1983–84.
The increase after allowing for movement in the retail price index.
The increase after allowing for movement in NHS pay and prices.