HC Deb 07 July 1949 vol 466 c2325
23. Mr. Peter Freeman

asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that much larger quantities of medicines are frequently supplied on National Health Service prescriptions than are necessary; and what steps are being taken to prevent such waste of public money.

The Minister of Health (Mr. Aneurin Bevan)

A doctor whose prescriptions suggest extravagance may have his prescribing investigated by a local professional committee. Before this he would be given the opportunity of explaining his reasons to, and being advised by, one of my Department's medical officers.