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Health Services: Barnet

Volume 460: debated on Wednesday 9 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent by (a) Barnet Health Authority in 1997-98 and (b) Barnet Primary Care Trust in 2005-06 on their drugs and pharmaceutical budget; how much is estimated to be spent in 2006-07; and if she will make a statement. (130914)

The following table shows the total expenditure on drugs and pharmaceutical services for Barnet Primary Care Trust (PCT). Figures have been provided for 1998-99 (which is the earliest year for which the data exists for the individual organisations) and for 2005-06.

£000

Barnet health authority

Barnet PCT

1998-99

2005-06

2006-07

Drugs or prescribing costs

10,292

47,061

46,057

Pharmaceutical services

791

97

n/a

Notes: Information for individual national health service bodies is not available prior to 1998-99. The majority of expenditure on pharmaceutical services was accounted for by the Prescription Pricing Authority and not by commissioners. Therefore this cannot be included in the answer. Sources: Audited accounts of Barnet Health Authority 1998-99. Audited summarisation schedules of Barnet PCT 2005-06.

The second table shows the Prescription Pricing Division estimate of final year spending on primary care prescribing in 2006-07 for Barnet PCT. This covers prescriptions issued in England. Prescriptions written in hospitals or clinics that are dispensed in the community, prescriptions dispensed in hospitals and private prescriptions are not included in this figure.

PCT code

PCT name

Total actual cost (£)

2005-06

5A9

Barnet PCT

44,684,957

2006-07 (part year April to January)

5A9

Barnet PCT

138,562,545

1 Part year spend. The Prescription Pricing Division estimate final year spending in primary care prescribing in 2006-07 for 5A9 Barnet is £46,057,219.