HC Deb 13 March 1998 vol 308 cc379-80W
Mr. Woodward

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what is the total number of trusts in Oxfordshire; what is the average population served by each trust; what is the average national figure for all health authorities; and what is the Government's target figure for population coverage by health trusts. [34430]

Mr. Milburn

The figures are set out in the table:

Oxfordshire England
Population (1996 estimates) 603,200 49,089,100
Number of National Health Service trusts 8 425
Population per NHS trust 75,400 115,500

There is no target for population cover by NHS trusts.

Mr. Woodward

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients are currently on waiting lists in Oxfordshire; and how this compares to figures over the last two years. [34441]

Mr. Milburn

Information on the number of residents of Oxfordshire Health Authority waiting on ordinary and day case waiting lists on 31 December 1997 and for the preceding two years is given in the table.

Numbers (in millions) of people and children, and the proportion of children, living in households with(a) income above half contemporary average income in 1979 and (b) above the 1979 half average in 1994–95, and (c) income above half contemporary average income in 1994–95. In each case figures are shown before housing costs (BHC) and after housing costs (AHC).
Year Number of people Number of children Proportion of children
BHC AHC BHC AHC BHC (per cent.) AHC (per cent.)
(a) 1979 49.6 49.0 12.6 12.4 91 90
(b) 1994–95 above 1979 average 54.6 52.3 12.4 11.6 93 87
(c) 1994–95 above 1994–95 average 47.2 44.1 10.0 9.1 75 68

Health authority (resident based) number waiting
Ordinary admissions Day case admissions
At 31 December 1995 6,188 4,023
At 31 December 1996 6,371 4,246
At 31 December 1997 6,883 5,989
1 Provisional figures

Mr. Woodward

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on resourcing of community health trusts in Oxfordshire per head of population relative to other health authorities. [34450]

Mr. Milburn

Different patterns of service provision in different parts of the country make such direct comparisons impossible.

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