§ Mr. Michael Marshall
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services, further to his Written Answer to the hon. Member for Arundel on 17th January, what advice he has given to the medical profession in order that it can promote economies in prescribing drugs which will assist in the saving of £6 million in the National Health Service drugs bill; and by what methods he hopes to secure better value for the money spent.
§ Mr. Moyle
It would not be appropriate for my right hon. Friend to advise doctors how to prescribe drugs for their patients. However, the profession has been invited to join officials in informal discussions about possible methods by which savings might be made without detriment to patients, and better value for money secured. The profession has accepted the invitation.