§ Mr. Pawsey
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients are now being seen each quarter by the Rugby NHS trust; and what were the comparable figures in a similar period in 1990.
§ Mr. Dorrell
Quarterly data about the number of patients seen by the Rugby NHS trust are available for the 1991–92 year, but are not available on this basis for the previous year. Six-monthly statistics are available and indicate that in the first six months of the current year—April to September 1991—the Rugby NHS trust treated 4,879 ordinary in-patient admissions and 954 day cases. This compares to figures of 4,767 ordinary in-patient admissions and 359 day cases for the previous year. This represents an increase of 13.8 per cent. in the number of in-patients—ordinary admissions plus day cases—treated in the first six months of operation as an NHS trust.
A total of 24,184 out-patients were seen by the trust in the period April to September 1991, this compares with a total of 25,373 seen in the corresponding period in the previous year.