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Dispensing pay falls by £9.5K per practice, Scotland reveals

More dispensing practices under Board control

November 17th 2015

Tagged: NHS statistical reports Scotland

By Ailsa Colquhoun

Dispensing practices in Scotland have each seen dispensing pay fall by an average of just under £9,500 since 2013-14, GP pay figures for Scotland in 2014-15 have revealed.

Statistics for 2014-15 also show that 10% more dispensing practices are now under Board control, contributing to the £1.4 million rise in the costs of these practices to the NHS, compared to a year earlier.

Overall, income from dispensing in Scotland declined by almost £775,000 during 2014-15, or an average of £9,427 per practice. In 2014-15, average dispensing income per dispensing practice in Scotland stood at £216,609.19, compared with £226,036.83 in 2013-14.

In total, in 2014-15, 106 dispensing practices received £22.96m, a fall of 3.2% compared to the £23.73m in dispensing pay received in 2013-14 by 105 Scottish dispensing practices.  Sorted practice level spreadsheets for the two periods can be found by clicking the links above.

The number of 2C (Board controlled) dispensing practices has risen by two to 22 over the period reported by Scotland’s Information Services Division. Overall, the number of 2C practices has risen by four to 50 practices, and the cost to the NHS of running this type of practice has risen to £20.7m. Orkney, Shetland, Highlands, Grampian and Forth Valley have the greatest proportion of 2C practices in their Board areas.

Overall, in 2014-15, the sum of NHSScotland payments made was £754.2 million to 995 General Practice service providers. This is an increase of £14.5 million (2.0%) compared to 2013-14.

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