§ Mr. Milburn
To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will estimate the difference in funding health services in each region as a result of the change from RAWP to weighted capitation.
§ Mr. Sackville
The use of resource allocation working party (RAWP) targets was discontinued in 1990, when weighted capitation was introduced. Consequently, no RAWP targets are currently available for comparison with weighted capitation shares. Comparisons would not be meaningful. Under the old system, health authorities were funded for their "catchment population", whereas now they are purchasers of services for their resident population, with cross-boundary flows of patients being covered by payments under national health service contracts.