§ 5. Dr. J. Dickson Mabon
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland why the 1409 cost of penicillin and other drugs prescribed within the National Health Service is higher in Scotland than in England.
§ Dr. Mabon
Is it not disturbing to read the cost charts of the Department of Health and Social Security and the Scottish Home Health Department and to realise that some drugs are very different in price from those prescribed in the Service—and indeed that the difference ranges from 10 per cent. to a figure of even 40 per cent.? Does this overspending or extra spending on drugs mean that there is less money with which to purchase other supplies and facilities within the Service and is there not as a consequence in Scotland a distortion of priorities?