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Nhs (Drugs Bill)

Volume 79: debated on Friday 17 May 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether he will state the assumed level of direct purchases and of private prescriptions upon which his current calculations of savings on the National Health Service drugs bill are based.

In view of the comprehensive nature of the selected list, we would not expect there to be a significant reduction in NHS prescriptions resulting from patients buying drugs over the counter or on non-NHS prescription.