HC Deb 27 November 1984 vol 68 c460W
26. Mr. Chapman

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is his estimate of the likely increase in demand for National Health services in the next five years.

Mr. Kenneth Clarke

Demographic change is estimated to increase demand for hospital and community health services by about 1 per cent. a year over the next five years. It is not possible reliably to estimate other increases in demand that continue to arise as a result of medical advances and social changes.