Hywel Dda Health Board - Primary Care Prescribing

1 Aug 2013 - 4:41pm

The prescribing of drugs is the most common form of treatment in primary care and the NHS in Wales issues around 75 million primary care prescriptions each year amounting to around £600 million in medicine costs. The amount spent in primary care per head of population each year (£196) is higher than England (£169) and Scotland (£168). In addition the number of items prescribed in Wales for each person per year in 2012 is the highest in the UK at 24 items and this has increased from 15 in 2002.

Hywel Dda Health Board (Health Board) has made good progress setting the strategic direction for primary care medicines management, and could further progress the safety, quality and economy of local prescribing by making explicit links between strategy and action plans and strengthening organisational structures.

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