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NHS expenditure programme budgets

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  • Release date: 17 April 2018
  • Period covered: 2016-17
  • Next update: April 2019
An annual report which presents expenditure analysed by programme of care, including that on primary care services, such as GPs and dentists, as well as secondary care services, such as hospitals.

Key points

  • Total expenditure for all programme budget categories was £6,381 million or £2,050 per head of the population.
  • Total expenditure in 2016-17 was 4.3 per cent higher than expenditure in 2015-16 and 33 per cent higher from a decade ago.
  • The largest single programme budget category was spending on mental health problems, which amounted to 11.2 per cent of the total.
  • Spending per head of the population on clinical programmes, ranged from £11.16 on hearing problems to £228.79 on mental health problems.


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