National Health Service

– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 1st March 2011.

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Photo of Helen Eadie Helen Eadie Labour

Question S3W-39365

To ask the Scottish Executive what the implications have been of the increase in Minor Ailments Service prescriptions in the last four years.

Photo of Shona Robison Shona Robison Scottish National Party

The number of patients registered for the Minor Ailment Service (MAS) is steadily growing and registrations have risen from 556,840 to 722,209 people over four years. It is used mainly by patients aged under 16 and over 60.

The Gross Ingredient Cost of items dispensed under the MAS in 2009-10 was £2.87 million with an average cost per item of £2.03. Patients appreciate the MAS which plays an important part in improving access to NHS healthcare advice and treatment and it helps free up GP time to see patients with more serious complaints.

Further statistics on the MAS are available on the NHS National Services Scotland website at

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