Join the DDA or

Six fewer Scottish dispensing practices

Board controlled practice costs soar

January 10th 2017

Tagged: DM Zone news Scotland

By Ailsa Colquhoun

There were six fewer dispensing practices in Scotland at the end of March 2016, NHS statistics for Scotland have revealed.

The number of dispensing practices in Scotland now stands at 100, a fall of 5.6 per cent (six) compared to March 2015. This also compares to a 1.1 per cent fall in the total number of GP practices in Scotland.

In financial terms, the overall drop in the total number of dispensing practices has boosted income in those remaining. In 2015-16, 100 dispensing practices received £23.04m in dispensing pay (reimbursement and fees) – equivalent to £230,377 per practice.

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

The number of 2C (Board controlled) dispensing practices has fallen by one to 21 over 2015-16. Overall, the number of 2C practices has risen by 10 to 60 practices, and the cost to the NHS of running this type of practice has risen by £11.2m or 54 per cent since 2014-15. Shetland, Orkney, Highlands, Forth Valley and Grampian retain the greatest proportion of 2C practices in their Board areas.

Overall, in 2015-16, 984 Scottish practices received total pay of £753.85m or £766,111 per practice. In 2014-15, 995 practices each received £757,960 or a total pay of £754.2m.

Other NHS statistics, General Practice GP Workforce and practice list sizes 2006 – 2016, add the following details:

  • The number of women GPs has continued to rise; 59 per cent of GPs were female at September 2016
  • Around one third of all GPs are aged 50 and over
  • The number of GPs in Scotland has remained at around 4,900 since 2008
  • The number of patients registered with GP practices continues to rise slowly year on year and has increased by 5 per cent since 2006
  • The number of patients aged 65+ has increased by 19% since 2006
  • The average practice list size increased by 12 per cent between 2006 and 2016, while the number of practices decreased by 6 per cent.