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Prescriptions: Fees and Charges

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 57011, tabled on 15 October 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the impact on GPs' dispensing practices since changes to dispensing fees were brought in on 1 October 2021; and if he will set out what steps he is planning to take to tackle the impact of the change in fee rate.

Answered on

22 October 2021

Dispensing funding for the 12 months commencing 1 April 2021 represents a 0.1% decrease on the envelope for the 12 months commencing 1 April 2020. Therefore, NHS England and NHS Improvement do not expect there to be a significant change in total dispensing fees received. Under the agreed methodology, if there is any over or underspend in the 12 months commencing 1 April 2021, this will be taken into account when calculating funding from 1 April 2022.