HC Deb 05 November 1993 vol 231 c531W
Ms Primarolo

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what are the practice prescribing costs per practice as national averages for fund holder and non-fund holder general practitioners.

Dr. Mawhinney

The prescribing costs—net ingredient cost—per practice for fund holders in England in 1992–93 was £614,314 and the figure for non-fund holders was £298,718 per practice. There is no valid comparison because fund-holding practices which are generally larger than non-fund-holding practices therefore incur higher prescribing costs. The average prescribing expenditure—net ingredient cost—per patient in 1992–93 was £56.08 for fund-holding practices and £60.39 for non-fund-holding practices.