Cancer patients to be exempt from scrip charges

Practices are to be sent pads to enable scrips allowing cancer patients to be exempt from scrip charges in England from April.

Photograph: iStockphoto/Lorne Campbell / Guzelian
Photograph: iStockphoto/Lorne Campbell / Guzelian

The policy change was announced last year by prime minister Gordon Brown at the Labour party conference.

Application forms (FP92A) are being revised to include the new category and will be distributed direct to practices by the NHS Business Services Authority (BSA).

Otherwise, the arrangements will be the same as for the current medical exemptions.

The BSA plans to distribute sufficient pads of forms to practices so that each doctor may hold a pad.

Additional pads may be ordered via the PCT as usual as can pre-addressed envelopes for dispatch of the forms.

Pads will be distributed before 1 April and applications will be accepted after this date. Locally amended versions of the current form will not be accepted.

GPs will be asked to give an application form to relevant patients as they present but will not be expected to search through records to identify other patients.

neil.durham@haymarket.com

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