§ Mr. Blunkett
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many private patients received treatment in national health service hospitals in each medical discipline for each year since 1990 in each regional health authority.
§ Mr. Sackville
[holding answer 4 March 1994]: Figures for 1989–90 and 1990–91 will be placed in the Library. Data for both years are subject to deficiencies in overall coverage and episodes with a valid diagnosis. Because of this, some specialties and regions show wide year-on-year variation, and the data should therefore be regarded as an estimate only.