DoH refuses to apologise over free cancer scrips blunder

The DoH is refusing to apologise after encouraging cancer patients to make appointments to discuss free scrips without providing GPs with the forms needed.

Photograph: JH Lancy
Photograph: JH Lancy

Last week public health minister Dawn Primarolo urged England’s 150,000 cancer patients to make appointments ‘this week’ but LMCs complained practices had not received guidance or forms.

A DoH spokeman refused to apologise adding: ‘These arrangements will give people living with cancer one less worry at such a difficult time. We make no apologies for making cancer patients aware at an early stage to give them as much time as possible to apply and receive their exemption certificate by 1 April. The new forms have been sent out to all GP surgeries, as well as some oncology clinics, and by now many practices will have received them.’

At least one PCT is reportedly telling its practices that the forms will be unavailable before the first week of February.

neil.durham@haymarket.com

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