§ 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.