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Nhs Contractors (Remuneration)

Volume 33: debated on Tuesday 7 December 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what was the total remuneration paid for each year since 1971–72 including estimated figures for 1982–83, to each of the following National Health Service contractors in Scotland, (a) doctors, (b) dentists, (c) chemists, (d) ophthalmic opticians and (e) dispensing opticians.

The information is as follows:

DoctorsDentistsChemistsOphthalmic Opticians £ million
£million£million£million£million
1971–7217·28710·08923·3442·322
1972–7318·57310·83928·7772·455
1973–7419·90811·94329·6202·723
1974–7522·21214·35035·6783·483
1975–7630·33319·57646·8395·964
1976–7733·87421·27260·1276·320
1977–7835·33821·92272·7566·623
1978–7939·54025·23285·4677·341
1979–8048·11631·76295·6778·799
1980–8163·32038·017118·6799·989
1981–82*72·33442·090134·93612·351
1982–8379·85646·485153·92014·022

* Provisional

Estimated

The remuneration of dispensing opticians cannot be identified separately from that of ophthalmic opticians.

Doctors are remunerated on a capitation and item of service basis. They are reimbursed separately for the costs of ancillary staff and practice accommodation.

Dentists are remunerated on an item of service basis which includes reimbursement of the cost of supplies used in dental treatment.

Chemists are remunerated on an item of service basis which includes reimbursement of the cost of drugs or appliances supplied, and includes allowances for overheads and dispensing.

Ophthalmic opticians are remunerated on an item of service basis, which includes reimbursement of the cost of supplies, and of repair of glasses, and includes fees for sight tests and dispensing.

The figures given above include charges paid by patients and retained by contractors.