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Databank. Health and social services statistics
Health and social services statistics
In 1998, 513 million prescriptions were dispensed in the UK, an increase of 13 per cent since 1994 with an average ingredient cost of £9.16. A total of 85 per cent were free of charge to the patient. About 95 per cent of children had been immunised against diphtheria, tetanus and polio by their second birthday. A total of 55,300 children were looked after in the UK at 31 March 1999, 4 per cent more than a year earlier. The number of NHS hospital and community health services direct care staff rose from 497,300 in 1995 to 517,300 in 1998.