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Drugs (Overprescribing)

Volume 31: debated on Friday 12 November 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will investigate complaints that there is overprescribing of drugs to patients over 65 years of age.

Prescribing practice is basically a matter for the clinical judgment of the doctor concerned. Specific complaints about individual cases are a matter for the relevant family practitioner committee—in the case of a general practitioner—or health authority—for a hospital doctor—in the first instance.