Hospital activity statistics are collected centrally on a calendar year basis. The 1982 figures are not yet available. In 1981 there were 5·76 million inpatient discharges and deaths, 0·71 million day case attendances, and 35·57 million outpatient attendances in National Health Service hospitals in England. This compares with 5·37 million inpatient discharges and deaths, 0·56 million day case attendances, and 33·95 million outpatient attendances in 1978, representing increases of about 7 per cent., 27 per cent., and 5 per cent. respectively.