§ Mr. Ron Davies
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what is the total cost in each of the last 10 years of the NHS hospital travel costs scheme.
§ Mr. Freeman
[holding answer 9 March 1990]: The total annual cost figures available for the National Health Service hospital travel costs scheme in England are as follows.
The scheme has varied in scope over the years (the present arrangements date from April 1988) and prior to 1985–86 was accounted for centrally. The figures for more recent years are derived from the annual accounts and associated returns of health authorities.
We are currently considering measures to increase public awareness of the hospital travel costs scheme.
£000 (cash) 1980–81 247 1981–82 364 1982–83 677
£000 (cash) 1983–84 703 1984–85 1,219 1985–86 2,822 1986–87 3,037 1987–88 3,263 1988–89 3,265
The figures do not encompass administration costs. Those for the years prior to 1985–86 include elements which are not separately identifiable for patients attending artificial limb and appliance centres (ALACs).