HC Deb 04 April 1985 vol 76 cc765-6W
Sir Geoffrey Finsberg

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what were the waiting list figures for National Health Service patients in England and Wales as at 1 June 1979 and 31st December 1984 or the nearest convenient dates; what were the staffing figures at the same dates; and what was the expenditure on the National Health Service at the same dates in both cash and real terms.

Mr. John Patten

The available information for England is given in the table. Expenditure figures for the financial year 1983–84 are the latest available. Figures for Wales are a matter for my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Wales.

NHS England
1979 1984
Hospital in-patient waiting list 740,300 (on 30 June) 682,000 (provisional on 30 September)
Directly employed staff* (whole time equivalent on 30 September) 773,300 817,600 (provisional)
1979–80 1983–84
£ million £ million
Expenditure by health authorities in the financial year
Cash 7,357 12,148.8
Cost at 1983–84 prices measured by the GDP deflator 10,673.5 12,148.8

* Manpower figures include agency nursing and midwifery staff, and locum medical and dental staff.