HC Deb 14 January 2003 vol 397 cc525-6W
John Mann

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many GPs prescribe drugs to combat heroin addiction, broken down by region. [82274]

Ms Blears

The information is not available centrally in this form.

In the six month period ending 31 March 2001 around 35,100 clients were reported at drug treatment agencies in England.

Of these, around 1,700 or five per cent. were reported to be clients presenting to general practitioners.

The information on the breakdown by region is shown in table 15 of the Statistical Bulletin, "Statistics from the Regional Drug Misuse Databases for the six months ending March 2001". The full Statistical Bulletin is available in the Library and on the Department's website at http://www.doh.gov.uk/public/sb0207.htm

Table 15

Agency episodes reported by regional office area and health authority of treatment by type of agency during the period 1 October 2000–31 March 2001, provides information on the number of NHS funded general practices that have provided prescribing services to drug users by region.

Northern and Yorkshire 322
Trent 140
Eastern 259
London 171
South East 564
West Midlands 104
North West 160
South West Not Available