HC Deb 03 December 1984 vol 69 cc75-6W
Mr. Tony Lloyd

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services which recommendations of the Greenfield report on generic prescribing he has accepted; which rejected; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Kenneth Clarke

I refer the hon. Member to the statement I gave to the House on 8 December 1983, at columns 477–79, in which I said that the Government had rejected a scheme of generic substitution as proposed in the Greenfield report on effective prescribing. We are however continuing to encourage doctors themselves to prescribe drugs of all kinds by generic name whenever possible. This recommendation was but one of fourteen. All the others were accepted when the report was published in February 1983.