HC Deb 17 January 1997 vol 288 c417W
Sir John Stanley

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients were treated by the national health service in the latest year for which figures are available; and what was the equivalent figure in 1979. [11260]

Mr. Horam

On a comparative basis, there were 6.6 million finished consultant episodes in all hospital specialties in England in the calendar year 1979, compared with 11.2 million in 1995–96.