Welsh residents to be refunded for English scrips

Welsh residents who are charged for prescriptions at hospitals in England after having treatment will now be able to get a refund, according to health minister Edwina Hart.

Edwina Hart
Edwina Hart

At the moment patients who have scripts from English hospital pharmacies have to pay for prescriptions at the English rate of £7.20, if they are not exempt due to age or medical condition.

Amendments will be made to the free scrips legislation so that patients who are treated in England can reclaim the cost of their prescriptions.

Health minister Edwina Hart said: ‘It is unreasonable for Welsh patients who have no choice but to receive their hospital care in England to have to pay for prescriptions. Providing refunds for these patients is the simplest and least bureaucratic way of ensuring all Welsh patients benefit from our free prescriptions policy.'

neil.durham@haymarket.com

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