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ONS figures show increased NHS spending

Figures released by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) today show that NHS spending has soared in the past decade, rising almost 15 percent per year since 1995.

Figures released by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) today show that NHS spending has soared in the past decade, rising almost 15 percent per year since 1995.

In addition to spending on extra staff and goods, the ONS attributes increased expenditure to a rise in the number of prescriptions being written by GPs.

The total amount spent on prescriptions in the UK alone rose from £637.5 million in 2000 to £864.3 million in 2006 according to data provided by the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI).

ABPI figures show that the amount spent per head on prescriptions was £167 pounds with the average number written a year for one person being 14.3.

The government also today announced that £20 million is to be allocated to palliative care services for children suffering from life threatening or terminal illnesses.

Care Services Minister Ivan Lewis said: "This is about a service-wide push to drive up quality and standards, which relies on getting everything - personalised services, commissioning frameworks, the right capacity ñ to work together."

19th February 2008

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