§ 71. Mr. K. Robinson
asked the Minister of Health if he is aware that many doctors within the National Health Service are prescribing patent medicines under their trade-names in cases where similar ingredients, if specified in the prescription, could be dispensed at less cost; and what steps he is taking to discourage this practice which involves the unnecessary expenditure of public money.
§ Mr. Blenkinsop:
A committee appointed by the Central and Scottish Health Services Councils is considering this problem. I shall decide what action may be appropriate on receipt of their report.
§ 88. Mr. Piratin
asked the Minister of Health whether it is his intention to levy 173W charges for prescriptions supplied in hospitals, including those supplied in casualty wards.