PERFORMANCE: NHS West Sussex has published a pharmaceutical needs assessment showing it is behind the rest of the country on dispensing levels.

The assessment said the total number of items dispensed by West Sussex community pharmacies increased by nearly 15 per cent between 2009-10 and 2006-07.

However, it noted “rates in West Sussex are increasing at a slower rate than in the South East coast region and England as a whole”.

The increase over the same period for the South East Coast was 16 per cent, and England as a whole was 18 per cent.