Health Services

Department of Health written question – answered on 28th October 2015.

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Photo of Nick Brown Nick Brown Chair, Finance Committee (Commons), Chair, Finance Committee (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his Department has spent on (a) mental and (b) physical health (i) in total and (ii) as a proportion of the total departmental budget in each financial year since 2010.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt The Minister of State, Department of Health

The table below shows figures for secondary healthcare spend on mental illness which have been taken from the published NHS (England) Summarised Account (2009-10 to 2010-11) and the Department of Health Annual Report and Accounts (2011-12 and 2012-13). Mental illness healthcare is also commissioned in primary care environments. However, it is not possible to separately identify the amount of primary care expenditure on mental illness from the statutory accounting data collected by the Department.

Total revenue expenditure has been used as a proxy for ‘budget’ in order to calculate the proportion of spend on mental health.

Year

Purchase of Secondary Healthcare: Mental Illness £ billion

NHS Revenue Expenditure under Clear Line of Sight Rules £ billion

Spend on mental health as % of NHS revenue expenditure

2009-10

8.08

94.42

8.56%

2010-11

8.37

97.47

8.59%

2011-12

8.61

100.27

8.59%

2012-13

8.80

102.57

8.58%

The Department did not collect data on Mental Illness spend by Clinical Commissioning Groups for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 financial years.

The Department does not collect separate identifiable information on spend on physical health.

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