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Prescriptions: ICT

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 26 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many and what proportion of prescriptions were issued in each month since the inception of the Electronic Prescriptions Service; and by how many and which (a) GP sites and (b) community pharmacies; (195201)

(2) how many and what proportion of prescriptions were transferred via the electronic prescriptions service between (a) prescribers and dispensers and (b) dispenser and the NHS Business Services Division in each month since the inception of the electronic prescriptions service;

(3) whether the electronic prescriptions service can process prescriptions other than FP10 prescriptions.

In Release 1 of the Electronic Prescription Service (EPS), an electronic message is transmitted to the EPS in parallel with a paper FP10 prescription form which is handed to the patient. This is necessary while a patient may take a prescription to a pharmacy in the transitional period that is not yet using the electronic prescription service. The current scope of Release 1 and Release 2 is prescriptions generated by general practitioner (GP) practices, either GPs, nurse or pharmacist prescribers, and dispensed in the community.

Electronic prescriptions are not planned to be transmitted to the NHS Business Service Authority until Release 2 is in operational use.

The following table provides the total number of electronic messages transmitted through the service between prescriber and dispensers since its inception in February 2005.

Month

Total number of EPS R1 prescription messaged generated by GPs

Total number of EPS R1 dispense notification messages sent by pharmacy

February 2005

607

158

March 2005

3,442

1,110

April 2005

2,887

1,284

May 2005

3,576

1,624

June 2005

3,394

700

July 2005

6,135

1,176

August 2005

6,432

1,118

September 2005

14,400

1,504

October 2005

46,039

1,485

November 2005

69,823

1,844

December 2005

68,365

2,451

January 2006

87,074

1,594

February 2006

153,771

809

March 2006

260,898

3,476

April 2006

262,952

2,458

May 2006

439,427

2,227

June 2006

662,362

7,594

July 2006

816,584

4,248

August 2006

1,083,300

7,793

September 2006

1,362,209

8,955

October 2006

1,361,877

17,110

November 2006

1,539,616

22,396

December 2006

1,607,737

23,308

January 2007

1,988,882

31,708

February 2007

2,223,368

44,690

March 2007

2,617,552

59,528

April 2007

2,493,531

51,913

May 2007

3,351,179

89,128

June 2007

3,575,681

126,382

July 2007

4,454,930

158,129

August 2007

4,982,637

191,288

September 2007

4,935,859

226,683

October 2007

6,291,931

273,948

November 2007

5,855,981

276,397

December 2007

5,573,366

255,016

January 2008

6,897,355

370,909

February 2008

6,623,597

428,500

1 to 17 March 2008

4,890,086

243,144

Total

17 March 2008

75,003,880

2,951,526

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what proportion of repeat prescriptions were transferred via the electronic prescriptions service in each month since its inception. (195213)

Repeat electronic prescriptions will be transmitted through the electronic prescriptions service with the enablement of Release 2. At present, the system is unable to distinguish practice instigated repeat prescriptions compared to other prescriptions.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many and what percentage of GP sites were technically live on the Electronic Prescriptions Service system in each month since its inception; and how many and what percentage of GP sites were using the Electronic Prescriptions Service system in each month since its inception; (195257)

(2) how many and what percentage of community pharmacies were technically live on the electronic prescription service system in each month since its inception.

The information requested is shown in the following table.

Technical go live—general practitioner

Percentage based on 8,480 sites

Technical go live—pharmacy

Percentage based on 10,363 sites

February 2005

2

0.0

1

0.0

March 2005

2

0.0

1

0.0

April 2005

2

0.0

1

0.0

May 2005

17

0.2

2

0.0

June 2005

61

0.7

3

0.0

July 2005

118

1.4

3

0.0

August 2005

167

2.0

5

0.0

September 2005

179

2.1

7

0.1

October 2005

198

2.3

7

0.1

November 2005

468

5.5

10

0.1

December 2005

610

7.2

11

0.1

January 2006

650

7.7

12

0.1

February 2006

739

8.7

17

0.2

March 2006

998

11.8

219

2.1

April 2006

1,083

12.8

243

2.3

May 2006

1,226

14.5

1,404

13.5

June 2006

1,408

16.6

1,425

13.8

July 2006

1,536

18.1

1,493

14.4

August 2006

1,864

22.0

1,809

17.5

September 2006

1,987

23.4

2,195

21.2

October 2006

2,185

25.8

3,395

32.8

November 2006

2,289

27.0

3,544

34.2

December 2006

2,335

27.5

3,626

35.0

January 2007

2,375

28.0

3,950

38.1

February 2007

2,402

28.3

4,132

39.9

March 2007

2,815

33.2

4,340

41.9

April 2007

3,885

45.8

4,587

44.3

May 2007

5,023

59.2

4,933

47.6

June 2007

5,924

69.9

5,527

53.3

July 2007

5,980

70.5

6,036

58.2

August 2007

6,028

71.1

6,605

63.7

September 2007

6,177

72.8

6,971

67.3

October 2007

6,462

76.2

7,326

70.7

November 2007

6,552

77.3

7,652

73.8

December 2007

6,612

78.0

7,833

75.6

January 2008

6,649

78.4

8,052

77.7

February 2008

6,664

78.6

8,154

78.7

March 2008

6,667

78.6

8,159

78.7

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many deployments of the general practitioner system for the electronic prescriptions service have been made, broken down by (a) local service provider and (b) practice. (195263)

Existing general practitioner (GP) system suppliers have developed systems that support release one of the electronic prescriptions service (EPS). The EPS has been deployed to 6,663 (79 per cent.) GP practices in England. Through the local service providers, a number of alternative GP systems have been provided to 699 GP practices.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what percentage of dispensing appliance contractors were technically live on the electronic prescriptions service system in each month since its inception; and how many and what percentage of dispensing appliance contractors were using the electronic prescriptions service system in each month since its inception. (195276)

There are no dispensing appliance contractors participating in release one of the electronic prescription system.