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The report presents NHS expenditure by programme of care allocated based on the medical condition the expenditure relates to for April 2018 to March 2019.

Main points

  • Total expenditure for all programme budget categories was £6.8 billion or £2,167 per head of the population.
  • Total expenditure in 2018-19 was 4.1% higher than expenditure in 2017-18 and 30.1% higher from a decade ago.
  • The programme budget category with the biggest increase (excluding ‘other’) was ‘cancers and tumours’, which increased by £34 million (7.3%) from 2017-18.
  • The largest single programme budget category (excluding ‘other’) was ‘mental health problems’ with 11.1% of the total.
  • Spending per head of the population on clinical programmes (excluding ‘other’) ranged from £11.73 on ‘hearing problems’ to £240.82 on ‘mental health problems’.


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