HL Deb 28 April 1986 vol 474 cc126-7WA
Lord Winstanley

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether it is in accordance with their policies that hospital out-patients should now be referred to their general practitioners for their prescriptions rather than having these dispensed by the hospital pharmacy.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health and Social Security (Baroness Trumpington)

The duty of prescribing rests with the doctor who at the time has clinical responsiblity for a patient's treatment. The hospital doctor should therefore prescribe any necessary drugs for an out-patient while he or she has clinical responsibility for the patient's treatment. The drugs will normally be dispensed by the hospital pharmacy, but in some cases may be dispensed by a retail chemist.