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Prescriptions, Dental Treatment And Appliances (Statistics)

Volume 526: debated on Thursday 8 April 1954

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91.

asked the Minister of Health the number and cost of prescriptions issued, dental treatment provided and appliances issued for which charges are imposed under the National Health Service Act, 1952, for the months of October, November, December, 1953, and January, February, 1954, as compared with the same months of the previous year.

APPLIANCES— SURGICAL APPLIANCES DELIVERED TO HOSPITALS
1952
OctoberNovemberDecember
IssuesCostIssuesCostIssuesCost
£££
Surgical Boots/Shoes3,95535,0003,25528,0992,40920,625
Repairs to Boots/Shoes3,2692,4002,5981,7632,0361,304
Surgical Abdominal Appliances5,99620,0004,49714,4523,51111,306
Elastic Hosiery3,2425,2002,5864,1552,0123,105
Wigs5937,6003814,8303894,962

1953
JanuaryFebruary
IssuesCostIssuesCost
££
Surgical Boots/Shoes3,75332,4142,79624,045
Repairs to Boots/Shoe2,8191,8522,5041,645
Surgical Abdominal Applicants4,95515,5883,91712,438
Elastic Hosiery2,8044,3672,4773,914
Wigs5356,9474555,920

1953
OctoberNovemberDecember
IssuesCostIssuesCostIssuesCost
£££
Surgical Boots/Shoes3,78130,8062,97025,8292,22719,041
Repairs to Boots/Shoes3,4142,1382,4921,6661,437882
Surgical Abdominal Appliances5,32518,3304,90116,7763,51812,137
Elastic Hosiery2,6055,6372,1824,7771,6603,569
Wigs7449,5674766,2313955,214

1954
JanuaryFebruary
IssuesCostIssuesCost
££
Surgical Boots/Shoes3,03926,1353,04426,483
Repairs to Boots/Shoes2,2161,5092,4551,589
Surgical Abdominal Appliances4,24215,0594,41715,459
Elastic Hosiery2,1814,6892,1664,657
Wigs4936,4095707,467
1. The figures for repairs of surgical footwear include all types of repairs and are not related to soling and heeling only.
2. The figures for surgical abdominal appliances also include all types of belts, some of which are not chargeable.
3. The figures for issues of elastic hosiery for the first five months period are those orders completed (singles or pairs) and those for the last five months period are in terms of pairs

94.

asked the Minister of Health the number of prescriptions dispensed by chemists and the total cost of these prescriptions in England and Wales for each month since June, 1952, and for the comparable period before June, 1952.

NUMBER OF PRESCRIPTIONS DISPENSED BY CHEMISTS IN ENGLAND AND WALES AND THE TOTAL COST OF THESE PRESCRIPTIONS
June, 1952 to February, 1954June, 1950 to February, 1952
Number of PrescriptionsTotal cost of PrescriptionsNumber of PrescriptionsTotal cost of Prescriptions
1952—£1950—£
June14,130,0792,939,237June16,504,2662,713,963
July15,345,7373,218,417July15,942,4132,644,238
August13,983,7862,937,524August15,259,0602,552,025
September16,167,5283,315,283September16,672,4592,754,303
October18,384,8833,753,419October18,892,9103,047,592
November17,410,7013,611,664November19,255,2133,130,512
December19,881,2774,115,494December18,027,7932,970,470
1953—1951—
January23,735,8854,758,774January28,917,5244,469,099
February21,645,0304,266,164February21,045,6623,550,427
March21,066,7054,283,056March20,214,4973,579,415
April17,351,9093,650,907April17,937,5153,274,389
May16,868,4573,560,402May17,771,8243,324,094
June16,027,4003,379,519June16,866,3493,233,000
July16,231,0633,440,824July16,220,2523,146,152
August14,216,0762,897,980August15,129,3852,983,466
September16,410,7153,269,887September16,382,2693,161,246
October19,201,000

* Not yet available

October20,358,6213,843,579
November18,561,000November19,034,9113,649,880
December18,594,000December17,815,1113,457,607
1954—1952—
January19,704,000January21,115,5774,092,083
February19,203,000February21,189,4214,173,387

* Numbers declared by chemists.

95.

asked the Minister of Health the average cost per prescription in England and Wales for

AVERAGE COST PER PRESCRIPTION DISPENSED BY CHEMISTS IN ENGLAND AND WALES
June, 1952 to February, 1954June, 1950 to February, 1952
1952—d.1950—d.
June49·92June39·47
July50·33July39·81
August50·42August40·14
September49·21September39·65
October49·00October38·71
November49·79November39·02
December49·68December39·55
1953—1951—
January48·12January37·09
February47·30February40·49
March48·79March42·50
April50·50April43·81
May50·66May44·88
June50·61June45·86
July50·88July46·55
August48·92August47·33
September47·82September46·31
October47·09Estimated obtained from sampleOctober45·31
November47·49November46·02
December49·22December46·58
1954—1952—
January48·48January46·51
February48·80February47·27

each month since June, 1952, and for the comparable period before June, 1952.

asked the Minister of Health the cost per head and the total number of National Health Service prescriptions, respectively, for people in Sunderland for each of the years 1951 and 1952.

The average cost per person on doctors' lists was £1 2s. 4d. in 1951 and £1 2s. 8d. in 1952. The total number of prescriptions was 1,181,673 in 1951 and 1,125,976 in 1952.