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National Statistics
Publication, Part of

General Pharmaceutical Services in England - 1999/2000 to 2008/2009

Official statistics, National statistics
Publication Date:
Geographic Coverage:
Geographical Granularity:
Country, Strategic Health Authorities, Primary Care Trusts
Date Range:
01 Apr 1999 to 31 Mar 2009


This publication shows information about services provided by community pharmacies in England in contract with Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) to dispense NHS prescriptions between 1999-2000 and 2008-09.

Key Facts

  • NHS Business Services Authority reports show that there were 10,475 community pharmacies in England at 31 March 2009, compared to 10,291 at 31 March 2008, an increase of 184 (1.8 per cent).
  • The number of prescription items dispensed by community pharmacies in England in 2008-09 was 771.5 million. This was an increase of 45.7 million (6.3 per cent) from 2007-08 when the figure was 725.8 million.
  • Dispensing fees received by community pharmacies in England increased by £45.7 million to £795.1 million in 2008-09. However, the average net ingredient cost (NIC) per fee decreased by 50p to £9.39.
  • At 31 March 2009, 62 per cent of community pharmacies in England were owned by multiple contractors with Milton Keynes PCT recording the highest figure at 88 per cent and Islington PCT the lowest at 16 per cent.
  • 26,970 local enhanced services were provided by community pharmacy contractors in England in 2008-09 compared to 23,551 in 2007-08. The most frequent services provided in 2008-09 remain unchanged from 2007-08. These are Stop Smoking support, Supervised Administration, Minor Ailment Schemes and supply via Patient Group Directions.


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