Pharmacy: Finance

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 13th February 2019.

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Photo of Diana R. Johnson Diana R. Johnson Labour, Kingston upon Hull North

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer 10 January 2019 to Question 205889 on Pharmacy: Finance, for what reasons clawback rates were not included in those figures.

Photo of Diana R. Johnson Diana R. Johnson Labour, Kingston upon Hull North

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 10 January 2019 to Question 205889, if his Department will include the clawback rate in the calculations for the average fee per prescription for a pharmacy which (a) dispensed an average mean number of prescription items in 2017-18, (b) dispensed the highest number of prescription items in 2017-18, (c) dispensed the lowest number of prescription items in 2017-18 and (d) is in the bottom quartile of all pharmacies for the number of prescription items it dispensed in 2017-18.

Photo of Steve Brine Steve Brine The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The answer given to Question 205889 was in relation to fees, which remunerate pharmacy contractors for National Health Service pharmaceutical services, for example dispensing. Clawback, alternatively referred to as the deduction scale, relates to reimbursement, i.e. payment for dispensed products. Therefore it was not included in the figures which were given in the answer to that question, it would be inappropriate to include clawback in the calculations involving fees.

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