'Visit GP for free cancer scrips'

Public health minister Dawn Primarolo this week urged England's 150,000 cancer patients to make an immediate appointment with their GP to discuss free prescriptions.

Prime minister Gordon Brown announced that England's cancer sufferers would have free prescriptions at last autumn's Labour party conference.

They will be introduced from 1 April, but patients were urged to discuss implications with GPs from this week when they can pick up application forms from surgeries and oncology clinics. They must be countersigned by a GP or hospital doctor.

Applications received by 24 March will be processed in time for the 1 April start. Patients will be able to reclaim any charges payable while applications are being processed.

Ms Primarolo said: 'I would urge patients to make an appointment with their GP this week to talk about applying for their exemption certificate.'

neil.durham@haymarket.com

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