HC Deb 21 March 1989 vol 149 c564W
20. Mr. Corbyn

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many operations in the London area were contracted out to private hospitals and at what cost during 1988.

Mr. Mellor

The latest year for which information is available is 1986. In that year 1,005 patients received surgical treatment under contractual arrangements made between the Thames regions and the private sector. 1987 data will be available later this year.

Total expenditure on all contractual arrangements made by the Thames regions in 1986–87 was £19.5 million, and in 1987–88 £22.1 million. Comparable information on expenditure is not recorded by specialty.