MPs want more people to pay for prescriptionsBMJ 1994; 309 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6950.293 (Published 30 July 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:293
- J Warden
Radical changes in the way that the NHS controls its pounds sterling3.3bn annual drugs budget are proposed in a report from the Commons health committee. The proposals range from creating a national prescribing list to allowing fewer exemptions from prescription charges.
Tighter controls are also proposed on the prescribing behaviour of general practitioners, subject to all patients being entitled to receive the drugs that they need. The government is urged to introduce sanctions against underprescribing, which the committee says can be just as harmful to patients as overprescribing. It calls for doctors' target budgets to be based on capitation to take account of social deprivation, to encourage generic prescribing as …