HC Deb 26 October 1993 vol 230 cc601-2W
21. Mr. Kynoch

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to make the public aware of how they can help the national health service to provide a better service.

Dr. Mawhinney

Every opportunity is used to emphasise how important the public's help is to the national health service in providing a better service. When the patient's charter was launched two years ago it included a section on how patients could help the NHS. More recently the Department of Health has developed and issued throughout the NHS a "Help Us to Help You" information pack. This initiative will stimulate and encourage local campaigns.

23. Sir David Knox

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of the gross domestic product was spent on the national health service in the most recent year for which figures are available; and what was the percentage in 1978.

Mr. Sackville

Total national health service expenditure in the United Kingdom was equivalent to 6.1 per cent. of gross domestic product in 1992–93, compared with 4.7 per cent. in 1978–79.