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Primary care prescribing spend up 5.2 per cent on previous year

Rise is less than half that seen in hospitals

November 16th 2020

Tagged: NHS statistical reports England

By Ailsa Colquhoun

The cost to the NHS of primary care prescribing in England in 2019-20 was £9.077 billion, an increase of 5.2 per cent compared to 2018-19, according to latest statistics from NHS Digital. This accounts for 43.5 per cent of all NHS spend on drugs (list price).

This spend compares with the £11.6 billion spent on hospital prescribing within hospitals, which is an increase of 14 per cent on the previous year, and accounting for almost 56 per cent of the total NHS spend.

Spend on hospital prescribing dispensed in the community declined over the past year – by 7.3 per cent – and now accounts for £101 million or 0.5 per cent of total.