NHS: Mental Illness and Obesity
House of Lords
Lord Morris of Manchester (Labour)
asked Her Majesty's Government:
What is the cost to the National Health Service of treatment for (a) mental illness, and (b) obesity, for each of the past 20 years; and
What is the estimated cost to the National Health Service of (a) poverty-related mental illness, and (b) poverty-related obesity, for each of the past 20 years.
Lord Warner (Minister of State, Department of Health; Labour)
Information is not available in the requested format. Information on the gross expenditure on mental illness elements of the National Health Service Hospital and Community Health Services budget in each of the past 20 years is shown in the table. This information does not include expenditure on people with mental health problems seen solely in primary care. Information on the estimated cost of poverty-related mental illness to the NHS is not held centrally by the Department of Health.
Information on the amount spent by the NHS on treating conditions for which obesity is a contributory factor is not held centrally. However, the National Audit Office report, Tackling Obesity in England, published in 2001, estimated that the direct cost to the NHS of treating obesity and its consequences in 1998 was £480 million. As part of its inquiry into obesity, the Health Select Committee estimated that in 2002 the direct cost to the NHS was between £990 million and £1,225 million.
|Year||Mental Illness Day Patient||Mental Health In-Patient||Mental Health Out-Patient||Community Mental Illness Nursing||Total Mental Health|
Figures from 1987–88 onwards may not be entirely consistent with those for earlier years, owing to the changes in the data collection systems.
Expenditure categories were revised in 1988–89.