§ Mr. G. M. Thomson
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will state, for the most convenient recent period, the average prescription per patient for the cities of Dundee, Glasgow, Edinburgh, and Aberdeen, respectively; and the number of occasions, in each city, in which doctors have had action taken against them by the local medical committee for over-prescribing.
§ Mr. Maclay
The average cost of prescriptions dispensed in October, 1959, the latest month for which figures are available, is for Dundee 2s. 3¼d per person, Glasgow 3s. 4d., Edinburgh 2s. 11½d. and Aberdeen 2s. 10½d. Since 1954, when prescribing statistics were first issued, the number of occasions in which the executive councils, on the recommendation of the local medical committees, have taken formal action against doctors for excessive prescribing is Dundee 15, Glasgow 12, Edinburgh 1 and Aberdeen nil.