§ 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.