§ Ms Primarolo
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what is the average daily cost to the NHS of using(a) a private psychiatric hospital bed and (b) an NHS psychiatric hospital bed in each of the last five years.
§ Mr. Bowis
The average daily cost to the national health service of using a NHS psychiatric hospital bed in each of the last five years is shown in the table. The annual accounts and financial returns of health authorities do not separately identify expenditure incurred specifically on the purchase of healthcare outside the NHS.
Average daily cost per patient for psychiatric specialties Directly managed units and national health service trusts—England (£) 1988–89 40.14 1989–90 46.45 1990–91 51.89 1991–92 103.44 1992–93 116.04
Annual financial returns of health authorities and NHS trusts.
1. Figures for 1992–93 are provisional.
2. Figures for 1988–89 to 1990–91 are not comparable with later years because:
a. Figures prior to 1991–92 include only direct costs. From 1991–92 they additionally include:
(ii) Capital charges
b. Changes in accounting practice.