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Contraceptives: Hertfordshire

Volume 478: debated on Thursday 26 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many morning-after pills were distributed by each primary care trust in (a) the Dacorum Borough Council area and (b) Hertfordshire in each in each of the last five years. (210140)

Information is not held in the format requested. Information is held at national health service trust level. Due to primary care trust (PCT) reorganisations over the requested period and the PCTs in control of dispensing contraceptives changing, figures are only available for 2006-07 for East and North Hertfordshire PCT and West Hertfordshire PCT, which serve Hertfordshire including the Dacorum area.

The following table shows numbers of post-coital hormonal contraceptives dispensed at community contraceptive services and prescribed in the community in the East and North Hertfordshire PCT and West Hertfordshire PCT areas.

NHS contraceptive services: numbers of post-coital hormonal contraceptives dispensed at community contraceptive services and prescribed in the community in the East and North Hertfordshire PCT and West Hertfordshire PCT areas since 2006-07

Number

Total specified services

6,590

Community contraceptive services1

708

Prescribed in the community2

5,882

1 Figures are for the number of post-coital hormonal contraceptives issued at community contraceptive clinics. Figures supplied are for East and North Hertfordshire PCT.

2 PACT data: these figures are for East and North Hertfordshire PCT and West Hertfordshire PCT. This information was obtained from the PACT system, which covers prescriptions prescribed by general practitioners, nurses, pharmacies and others in England and dispensed in the community in the United Kingdom. For data at PCT level, prescriptions written by a prescriber located in a particular PCT but dispensed outside the PCT will be included in the PCT in which the prescriber is based. Prescriptions written in England but dispensed outside England are included. Prescriptions written in hospitals/clinics that are dispensed in the community, prescriptions dispensed in hospitals and private prescriptions are not included in PACT data. It is important to note this as some British National Formulary (BNF) sections have a high proportion of prescriptions, written in hospitals that are dispensed in the community. For example, BNF chapter 4 ‘Central Nervous System’ has a fair proportion of items written in mental health clinics that are dispensed in the community—these prescriptions are not included in the PACT data.

Note:

Figures are for the financial year April 2006 to March 2007.

Source:

1. The Information Centre for health and social care KT31 return; and

2. Prescribing Analysis and Cost Tool (PACT)