§ Mr. Milburn
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much was spent by(a) district health authorities, (b) family health services authorities, (c) regional health authorities, (d) trusts and (e) general practitioner fundholders on health care purchases from non-NHS providers in each of the last three years.
§ Lord James Douglas-Hamilton
In Scotland, the purchase of hospital, community and family health care is primarily the responsibility of health boards. The following table shows expenditure on purchases of health care from private providers:
Purchases of Health Care from Private Providers 1991–92 £000 1992–93 £000 1993–94 (Provisional) £000 Health Boards 2,642 21,475 16,255 GP Fundholders 34 131 23
Health boards also have contracts with local authorities, hospices and voluntary agencies where these organisations are registered charities undertaking specific contracted activities but information on these is no longer collected centrally. Expenditure by NHS trusts on purchases from private providers in Scotland is not held centrally.