HC Deb 01 July 1963 vol 680 c12
10. Mr. John Hall

asked the Minister of Health why the gross cost per prescription over the years 1960–62 has risen by 20 per cent.

Mr. Powell

Elimination of items obtainable under about 2s.; prescription of larger quantities in chronic cases; increased use of more effective and expensive drugs; rising costs generally.

Mr. K. Robinson

Would the right hon. Gentleman not also care to add as a contributory cost that doctors are prescribing for longer periods in order to offset as far as possible the doubled prescription charge which was introduced at the beginning of this period?

Mr. Powell

I stated that in my answer. I said,"Prescription of larger quantities in chronic cases." I am glad that this is being done. It is to the advantage of the Service as well as the patient.