HC Deb 05 February 1985 vol 72 c525W
Mr. Loyden

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many representations he has received about the effect on the availability of analgesics under the National Health Service of the proposed limited list.

Mr. Kenneth Clarke

We have received a number of comments about the analgesics to remain available on National Health Service prescription under our limited list proposals. We are carefully considering these comments.

Mr. Cohen

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will publish in the Official Report a detailed report or summary of the responses against his proposal for a limited list: and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Kenneth Clarke

I refer the hon. Member to my reply on 4 February to my hon. Friend the Member for Surrey, North-West (Mr. Grylls) at column448.

Mr. McNamara

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what advice he plans to give to doctors in completing prescription forms so that they may take account of the psychological attachment to the shape and colour of particular medicines that may be withheld from the National Health Service list of approved drugs.

Mr. Kenneth Clarke

I am confident that doctors are well able to overcome any difficulties which might arise from changing the shape and colour of patients' drugs without any special advice from our Department.