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Hospital script costs cancel out GP effficiency savings

Rising hospital prescribing costs are cancelling out the efficiency savings made in primary care, NHS figures reveal.

The statistics from the NHS Information Centre reveal hospital prescribing made up a rising percentage of the £112bn NHS drugs bill, accounting for 29% of the total cost in 2008, compared with 26% in 2007.

Hospital prescribing bills rose by 15% in 2008 compared with 2007, while primary care prescribing costs dropped by 0.7%, the figures show.

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