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To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many prescriptions were issued by (a) nurse independent prescribers, (b) community practitioner nurse prescribers and (c) doctors in each of the last 12 months for which figures are available.
Information is not collected centrally on the number of prescriptions issued. Information is available for the number of items prescribed and subsequently dispensed in primary care. The following table provides information, by category of prescriber, for the latest 12-month period.
|Prescription items issued by category of prescriber in England, and dispensed, in the community, in the United Kingdom, from October 2010 until September 2011|
|Community practitioner nurse prescriber||Nurse independent prescriber||Doctors||Other prescribers||Total (1)|
|(1) Figures may not sum due to rounding. Source: Prescribing Analysis and CosT tool (PACT) system.|