§ 105. Mr. Linstead
asked the Minister of Health how far behind is the pricing of prescriptions under the National Health Insurance Act in South-east England; how many prescriptions are waiting to be priced; to what extent are the arrears being overtaken; and how he proposes to ensure that chemists are paid for the work they have done.
§ Mr. J. Edwards
Pricing is approximately four months in arrears in the area mentioned. About three million prescriptions are involved. A payment on account has been made and the balance is, where those concerned agree, being calculated on average payments instead of on exact pricing. It is hoped that the balance will all be paid within two months.