HC Deb 14 July 1981 vol 8 cc373-4W
Mr. Ernie Ross

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what was the total value of products made available through the National Health Service on prescription in the latest available year; and what was the administrative cost involved in dealing with these prescriptions.

Mr. Fairgrieve

The total cost of prescriptions dispensed by chemist contractors, appliance suppliers and dispensing doctors in Scotland in 1980 was £115.1 million, of which £90.7 million comprised the costs of drugs, appliances, containers and oxygen equipment rental. The balance of £24.4 million represented payment of dispensing fees, oncosts and other miscellaneous allowances. The costs incurred in 1980–81 by the prescription pricing division in pricing prescription forms and providing associated services totalled £1.6 million.