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Medical Treatments: VAT

Health written question – answered on 8th November 2011.

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Photo of Rosie Cooper Rosie Cooper Labour, West Lancashire

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations he has received on the inability of NHS trusts to recover VAT on medical treatments compared to the ability of dispensing pharmacists to do so; and what representations he has received from patients and pharmacists on collection of prescriptions from their local pharmacists which are taken into hospital to be administered.

Photo of Simon Burns Simon Burns The Minister of State, Department of Health

Value-added tax (VAT) is a matter for Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC). Since 1 May 2010, the Department has received fewer than 10 written representations on the inability of national health service trusts to recover VAT on medical treatments compared to the ability of dispensing pharmacists to do so; and fewer than five written representations from patients and pharmacists on the collection of prescribed medicines from their local pharmacies which are then taken into hospital to be administered.

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