Yesterday the British Medical Association (BMA) argued that England should follow the lead of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and abolish prescription charges.
Health minister Dawn Primarolo said: ‘In England 89% of prescription items are dispensed for free, the remainder provide valuable income to the NHS.
‘From April 1 cancer patients will be eligible for free prescriptions. A review of how this exemption can also be extended to patients with long-term conditions is currently underway and recommendations will be made in the summer.’
It is thought the cancer exemption will benefit 150,000 people who might otherwise pay £100 a year for their medicine.
Dental charges for the most simple and common visits increase by 30p to £16.50.
- Editor’s blog: Is it time to say goodbye to prescription charges?
Comment below and tell us what you think