§ Lord Selkirk of Douglas
asked Her Majesty's Government:
Whether they will provide details of the costs which health boards in Scotland incur in making incontinence products available direct to patients. [HL2124]
§ The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Scottish Office (Lord Sewel)
The costs incurred by health boards in respect of incontinence products prescribed to patients by GPs and Nurse Prescribers in the financial year 1997–98 are shown in the table below.
The costs and fees shown include the cost of the products dispensed, dispensing fees paid to community pharmacists and dispensing doctors, and on-costs paid to appliance suppliers.
Health Board Costs & Fees £ Argyll & Clyde 590,979 Ayrshire & Arran 637,334 Borders 145,113 Dumfries & Galloway 200,594 Fife 449,961 Forth Valley 340,906 Grampian 595,667 Greater Glasgow 1,193,308 Highland 226,376 Lanarkshire 812,641 Lothian 1,478,546 Orkney 13,918 Shetland 21,262 Tayside 630,443 Western Isles 71,433 Scotland Total 7,408,481