§ Mr. Wigley
asked the Secretary of State for Wales whether general practitioners in Wales are required to maintain a full list of all patients who have been prescribed specific drugs so that, if there arises any question of the safety of a drug, he is in a position comprehensively to survey all those who have used that drug, and if necessary to inform them of any dangers which may have become apparent.
§ Mr. Wyn Roberts
No. The only requirement for a general medical practitioner under the National Health Service (General Medical and Pharmaceutical Services) Regulations 1974 is to keep adequate records of the illnesses and treatment of his patients on forms supplied to him for the purpose by the family practitioner committee. In addition, where a general practitioner keeps, for personal administration to patients, certain drugs controlled under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 he is required to maintain a register recording full details of their use and disposal.