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Volume 467: debated on Thursday 22 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department provides to general practitioners on issuing prescriptions for more than three months’ supply of medication in circumstances where the patient will be out of the country. (166331)

Under the National Health Service (General Medical Services Contracts) Regulations 2004, where a person for whose treatment a doctor is responsible leaves the United Kingdom with the intention of being away for a period of at least three months, that person should be removed from the doctor’s list from the date of departure and as a consequence, ceases to be eligible for national health service treatment. The Department has not issued specific guidance on the issuing of prescriptions in these circumstances.