National Health Service (Cost of Drugs)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 24th May 1972.

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Photo of Dr Dickson Mabon Dr Dickson Mabon , Greenock 12:00 am, 24th May 1972

Is it not disturbing to read the cost charts of the Department of Health and Social Security and the Scottish Home Health Department and to realise that some drugs are very different in price from those prescribed in the Service—and indeed that the difference ranges from 10 per cent. to a figure of even 40 per cent.? Does this overspending or extra spending on drugs mean that there is less money with which to purchase other supplies and facilities within the Service and is there not as a consequence in Scotland a distortion of priorities?