§ Mr. John Marshall
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many out-patients were treated by the National Health Service in 1987–88; and what was the figure in 1978–79.
§ Mr. Freeman
The information is given in the table.
New out-patient attendances, NHS hospitals, England. 1987–88 and 1978. Number 11987–88 8,529,759 21978 7,711,912 Source: SH3: 1978, KI-109 and KH 18: 1987–88. 1 Patients not seen by a doctor are no longer counted. The figure for 1987–88 is for the financial year. 2 The figure for 1978 is for the calendar year.