§ Mr. David Porter
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what is the average cost per consultant appointment in the last year for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Dorrell
[holding answer 11 February 1991]: Financial returns submitted by district health authorities in England show the average cost per out-patient attendance as £24.86 for 1988–89, and £26.58—provisional figure—for 1989–90. These figures are average for all specialties, and cover direct consultation-treatment costs only.