HC Deb 17 May 1989 vol 153 c218W
Mr. Robin Cook

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what is the average expenditure per patient by general practitioners.

Mr. Freeman

in 1988–89, the estimated average cost of drugs and appliances prescribed by general medical practitioners per patient in England was about £37. The average cost per patient on the general medical services was about £29.50. These figures are based on provisional and estimated returns and exclude the costs of hospital referrals initiated by general medical practitioners, and the administrative costs of family practitioner committees.