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Medical Equipment: Expenditure

Health written question – answered on 21st May 2008.

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Photo of Norman Lamb Norman Lamb Shadow Secretary of State for Health, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total NHS spend on medical supplies and equipment has been in each year since 2000; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Ben Bradshaw Ben Bradshaw Minister of State (Regional Affairs) (South West), The Minister of State, Department of Health

The Department does not collect information on medical supplies and equipment spend centrally. A decision on the procurement of medical supplies and equipment is made at a local level.

Information on spend for clinical supplies and services which includes revenue spend on medical and surgical instruments but not capital spend is outlined in the following table.

Total clinical supplies and services
2000-01 2001-02 2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07
Primary care trust 36,315 147,624 349,273 358,768 404,854 448,830 475,581
Strategic health authority 13,020 20,171 1,309 1,050 909 61 39
Trust 3,829,447 4,144,664 4,454,694 4,966,842 4,546,683 4,618,645 4,567,305
Total 3,878,782 4,312,459 4,805,276 5,326,660 4,952,446 5,067,536 5,042,925

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