TheCourier.co.uk report that Angus Health and Social Care Integration Joint Board will be notified that prescribing costs are forecast to hit a £2.5 million overspend this year – more than 10% of the budget figure of £21m. This comes after figures from last year showed that Angus was top of Scotland’s cost per head league for prescribing medicine.
Liam said: “At a time when we are set to lose the only acute admission mental health beds in Angus, I would like to know why there is such a high proportion of associated drug costs.
“There must be a reason why the county is costing 11% more than the national prescribing average.
“It is clear that NHS Tayside and the integrated joint board are having to make budget decisions based on this. The money has to come from somewhere.
“Local GPs and other prescribers have been told to pull back on prescribing certain drugs and remedies which can be bought over the counter.
“If this isn’t able to get Angus in line with the rest of Tayside and Scotland, there must be a reason why.”
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