HC Deb 16 February 1994 vol 237 cc860-1W
Ms Primarolo

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what was the total number of psychiatric beds in each year since 1979.

Mr. Bowis

The available information is shown in the table compiled for the Mental Health Task Force "Survey of English Mental Illness Hospitals March 1993", a copy of which is available in the Library.

Mr. Sackville

The table shows total revenue expenditure at 1993–94 prices of regional health authorities, the National Health Service Management Executive and the NHSME outposts. Expenditure is not readily available prior to 1987–88. The index showing changes in input unit costs is not available for 1993–94 prices.

Figures for regional health authorities (RHAs) for 1991–92 and 1992–93 are not comparable with those for earlier years. In particular, many RHAs were, in 1991–92 and 1992–93, involved in the purchase of healthcare and related services for their region.

Trent regional health authority records.


Figures for regional health authorities (RHAs) for 1992–93 are provisional.

The figures cover the total revenue expenditure of the authorities including that incurred on headquarters administration and on the management and provision of services in the years concerned.

Figures are not available for the NHSME prior to 1990–91.

Figures for the NHSME are not directly comparable from year to year because of organisational changes between the NHSME and the rest of the Department.

The figures shown for the NHSME are gross because although the Department of Health receives income in the form of Receipts, this income is not split between the separate divisions within the Department and it is therefore not possible to provide net figures for the NHSME.

No information was collected for NHSME outposts prior to 1992–93.

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