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Medication prescription and patient numbers (FOI)

Medication prescription and patient numbers (FOI)

Produced by the Freedom of Information office
Authored by Government of Jersey and published on 19 July 2023.
Prepared internally, no external costs.



Please provide the annual GP medication prescription item numbers issued in 2022 for medicines treating depression (for example anti-depressants), anxiety (such as anxiolytics) and sleep.


Please break the figures down into data specific categories (for eaxmple BNF Sub Paragraph plus Code, BNF Chemical Substance and, 'total number of prescription items dispensed 1 Jan 2022 to 31 Dec 2022.


Please provide the total number of patients in Jersey identified as suffering from depression, anxiety or sleep-related issues (as registered or categorised in the EMIS system)





Please see attached table.



Information on diagnoses made by GPs is recorded on a centralised system (EMIS). Whilst the Government of Jersey may be able to interrogate the EMIS system for information, this information is not routinely collated outside of 12 conditions recorded under the Jersey Quality Improvement Framework (JQIF).

The search functionality for EMIS is complex, and as the data is input by numerous different, private practices it is difficult to be confident of data standards, therefore search results can be misleading. That is why, with the exception of the JQIF datasets, the Government does not routinely compile or report on EMIS data.

It should also be noted that the EMIS system is information held by the GPs rather than by the Government. Whilst the Government can review this data it is not held by them for the purposes of the Freedom of Information (Jersey) Law 2011.

Article applied

Article 10 - Obligation of scheduled public authority to confirm or deny holding 


(1) Subject to paragraph (2), if –

(a) a person makes a request for information to a scheduled public authority; and

(b) the authority does not hold the information, it must inform the applicant accordingly.

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