HC Deb 13 February 2004 vol 418 cc296-7W
Mr. Burstow

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate the total expenditure on respiratory disease in terms of(a) hospital expenditure, (b) primary care expenditure and (c) pharmaceutical expenditure for each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement. [156004]

Dr. Ladyman

Information on expenditure on respiratory disease is not collected centrally. The British Thoracic Society published their report in November 2001 entitled "The Burden of Lung Disease". The report estimates the total cost of respiratory disease to the national health service to be £2,576 million. It estimates that approximately £647 million is spent on primary care, £1,062 million is spent on hospital inpatient care, £18 million is spent on hospital day case care, £40.7 million is spent on hospital outpatient care and £800 million is spent on prescriptions relating to respiratory disease.