HC Deb 17 February 1995 vol 254 cc837-8W
Mr. Morgan

To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to her answer of 3 February,Official Report, column 874, what was the average prescribing costs per 1,000 patients in (a) fundholding and (b) non-fundholding practices on each of dates specified; and what comparable information she has on the prescribing costs of non-fundholding practices participating in incentive prescribing schemes at those dates.

Mr. Malone

Available information is shown in the table. Practice-based prescribing incentive schemes did not commence until 1993–94; comparable information is not available centrally.

Average prescribing cost per 1,000 patients (net ingredient cost)
1991–92 £ 1992–93 £ 1993–94 £
Fundholders: 51,000 56,000 61,000
Non-fundholders: 54,000 61,000 67,000


Net ingredient cost refers to the cost of the drugs before discounts and does not include any dispensing costs or fees.

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