HC Deb 21 March 1989 vol 149 c569W
43. Mr. Page

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what was the change in spending on the National Health Service in 1976–77; and what was the change in the latest available year.

Mr. Freeman

In 1976–77 gross spending on the NHS in England rose by £638 million; an increase of about 1 per cent. in real terms. In 1989–90 gross spending is planned to increase by £1,685 million compared with estimated outturn in 1988–89. In addition health authorities will retain savings of nearly £300 million from a reduction in the employers' superannuation contributions. New cost improvements are expected to provide around a further £150 million. Taken together the additional resources available to the NHS in 1989–90 will be equivalent to a real terms increase of more than 5 per cent. over 1988–89.

Forward to