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Prescriptions

Health written question – answered on 12th December 2011.

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Photo of Debbie Abrahams Debbie Abrahams Labour, Oldham East and Saddleworth

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.

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

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
Thousand
Community practitioner nurse prescriber Nurse independent prescriber Doctors Other prescribers Total (1)
2010          
October 161 1,011 78,156 33 79,361
November 166 1,058 78,128 37 79,388
December 157 1,102 81,552 33 82,845
           
2011          
January 164 1,088 74,007 32 75,290
February 155 1,037 70,413 34 71,638
March 176 1,196 80,982 40 82,394
April 153 1,043 72,322 34 73,552
May 177 1,111 77,228 35 78,551
June 184 1,159 79,251 37 80,631
July 178 1,107 76,556 40 77,881
August 175 1,109 77,624 43 78,951
September 177 1,110 80,601 38 81,926
(1) Figures may not sum due to rounding. Source: Prescribing Analysis and CosT tool (PACT) system.

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