Prescription Drugs: Expenditure:Written question - 119238

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Asked on: 13 December 2017
Department of Health
Prescription Drugs: Expenditure
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the total NHS drugs bill was in each of the last 10 years; and how much of that bill was offset by prescription charges income in each those years.
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Answered by: Jackie Doyle-Price
Answered on: 18 December 2017

The table below shows total primary and secondary care drug spend as recorded by the Department for the last 10 years, in England only.

Total Departmental drug spend 2007-08 to 2016-17

Year

Total Primary care drugs spend

Total Secondary care drugs spend

Total Departmental drugs spend

(£ billion)

(£ billion)

(£ billion)

2007/08

7.7

3.3

10.9

2008/09

7.7

3.6

11.4

2009/10

7.9

4.0

11.9

2010/11

8.3

4.3

12.5

2011/12

8.2

4.5

12.7

2012/13

7.9

5.1

12.9

2013/14

8.0

5.3

13.3

2014/15

8.2

5.9

14.1

2015/16

8.5

6.5

15.1

2016/17

8.5

6.9

15.4

The Department holds income for those prescription charges. The data held is in relation to the National Health Service in England only. The totals for each can be seen in the table below:

Financial Year

Income from Fees Charged (£ million)

2007-08

451.2

2008-09

459.3

2009-10

450.4

2010-11

456.0

2011-12

426.1

2012-13

449.6

2013-14

470.7

2014-15

503.9

2015-16

523.5

2016-17

554.9

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