Written Answers. - Health Board Expenditure.

238.

asked the Minister for Health the total population covered by each health board in 1971-72, in 1976 and in 1986 and the total expenditure, in 1986 pounds per head of population by each health board in each of those three years.

The information sought is set out in the following table:

Health Board

Population covered in 1971-72

Net Expenditure per head 1971-72 in 1986 terms

Population covered in 1976

Net Expenditure per head 1976 in 1986 terms

Population covered in 1986

Estimated Expenditure 1986(Subject to Audit)

£

£

£

Eastern

990,491

124.84

1,103,397

97.22

1,231,293

150.65

Midland

178,908

154.20

190,883

197.04

207,873

264.10

Mid-Western

269,804

146.80

289,159

188.66

315,000

243.17

North-Eastern

245,540

140.80

267,817

156.04

301,673

177.34

North-Western

186,979

152.95

198,670

215.10

212,407

326.73

South-Eastern

328,604

148.85

352,782

175.13

384,657

248.53

Southern

465,655

154.31

498,193

183.64

536,545

257.57

Western

312,267

174.60

326,899

243.69

347,747

322.94

Total

2,978,248

144.15

3,227,800

160.14

3,537,195

222.21

This information relates to direct expenditure by the health boards. It does not include expenditure by the General Medical Services (Payments) Board or by voluntary hospitals.