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National Statistics
Publication, Part of

General Pharmaceutical Services in England - 2005/2006, Annual bulletin

Official statistics, National statistics
Publication Date:
Geographic Coverage:
England, Wales
Geographical Granularity:
Country, Primary Care Organisations
Date Range:
01 Jan 2005 to 31 Dec 2005


This publication shows information about services provided by community pharmacies in England and Wales in contract with primary care trusts (PCTs) and local health boards (LHBs) to dispense NHS prescriptions between 1996-97 and 2005-06. The new community pharmacy contract was introduced in England and Wales in April 2005. Reforms to the control of entry regulations were introduced in England in April 2005.

Since the emerging findings were published in July 2006, there have been some minor revisions to some figures and information for 2005-06.

Key Facts

  • NHS Business Services Authority and Health of Wales Information Service reports show that there were 10,580 community pharmacy contractors in England and Wales at 31 March 2006, compared to 10,441 at 31 March 2005, an increase of 139.
  • The number of prescription items dispensed by community pharmacies in England and Wales increased by 38.6 million to 713.5 million in 2005-06.
  • Dispensing fees received by community pharmacies in England and Wales increased by 40.5 million from 2004-05 to 733.8 million in 2005-06. However, the average net ingredient cost (NIC) per fee has decreased by 79p to 10.42.
  • A total of 152,854 medicines use reviews were conducted by community pharmacists in 2005-06.
  • 17,745 local enhanced services were provided by community pharmacy contractors in 2005-06.
  • Between 1 April 2005 and 31 March 2006, primary care trusts and local health boards reported that 146 new pharmacies opened and 23 closed.
  • In 2005-06, 39 per cent of new pharmacies opening were within 500m of another pharmacy whilst 57 per cent of those that closed were within the same distance.
  • In 2005-06, Primary Care Trusts received 491 applications to relocate an existing pharmacy contractor to other premises within 500m of the original premises, of which 74.5 per cent were granted.


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