HC Deb 03 November 1989 vol 159 c384W
Sir Geoffrey Finsberg

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what was the spending per head of the population served by Hampstead district health authority in the year 1987–88; and what is the figure per head on the most nearly comparable basis for(a) England and (b) the United Kingdom as a whole.

Mr. Freeman

Figures for spending per head of resident population for 1987–88 are shown in the table:

Revenue expenditure per head of resident population
Hospital and community health services1
Hampstead District Health Authority 592
England—average for all district health authorities 227
United Kingdom 238
1 Includes hospital, community health, patient transport (ie. ambulance), blood transfusion and other services.


(a) 1987–88 annual accounts of district health authorities in England and those of the analogous health authorities, boards and agencies in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland—as submitted to the central health department in each country.

(b)Mid-year estimates of populations—1987 (Office of Population Censuses and Surveys).

Notes to the table

1.Capital expenditure on hospital and community health services is excluded. Expenditure on family practitioner services (which cannot be strictly attributed to particular districts) and expenditure on personal social services (which in Northern Ireland is accounted for by Health and Social Services Boards) is also excluded.

2.Significant variations in figures for spending per head of population at district level arise principally because:

  1. (a) people travel across district boundaries for treatment and resource allocations reflect the pattern of service provision locally;
  2. (b) the population figures used make no allowance for people resident in one district who receive treatment in another or for differences in morbidity and age/sex structure of particular populations.

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