Pharmacy: Chelmsford

Health written question – answered on 11th March 2009.

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Photo of Simon Burns Simon Burns Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many licensed pharmacies there were in West Chelmsford constituency in each of the last five years.

Photo of Phil Hope Phil Hope Minister of State (Care Services; Minister for the East Midlands), Department of Health

The NHS Information Centre does not hold data on the number of licensed pharmacies but we do hold the number of community pharmacies in contract with their primary care trust (PCT) at the 31 March each year.

The NHS Information Centre first published these data for 2004-05 so figures for four financial years only have been provided.

The information is held by PCT only. Prior to 2006 the PCT area which best fits West Chelmsford constituency was Chelmsford PCT. From 2006 the PCT which covers West Chelmsford constituency is Mid Essex PCT. Mid Essex PCT is larger than the old Chelmsford PCT which may account for the larger number of pharmacies listed.

Number of community pharmacies in contract with PCT at 31 March
Chelmsford PCT Mid Essex PCT
2004-05 21
2005-06 21
2006-07 54
2007-08 54

Each community pharmacy has an arrangement with a PCT to dispense NHS prescriptions. The arrangement specifies both the premises and the named contractor. Community pharmacies can dispense the full range of drugs and appliances as listed in the monthly Drug Tariff published by the NHS Prescription Services (previously known as the Prescription Pricing Division or PPD) of the NHS Business Services Authority.

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