Cancer patients urged to make appointments to discuss free scrips

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

Photograph: JH Lancy
Photograph: JH Lancy

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 today when they will be able to pick up application forms from surgeries and oncology clinics. They must be countersigned by a GP, hospital doctor or service 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.

Dawn Primarolo, England’s public health minister, said: ‘I would urge patients to make an appointment with their GP this week to talk about applying for their exemption certificate.’

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