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Labour pledges to abolish prescription charges


Given that 80% of scrips are not paid for any way, plus the inequity of Scotland/Wales/NI already enjoying freebies, it’s not such a fanciful suggestion. But the knock on effect of increased demand for OTC drugs on prescription could be ruinous, and the income lost from the 20% of paid for English scrips has to be recovered somehow. Given the unfair current situation (free for some, £9 per item for others, £10 per month if on 2 or more repeats) we should look at narrowing the gap between payers and non payers. After the success of 5p for a plastic bag, nominal charging (eg 10p per item up to a maximum of 30p per month for those who don’t currently pay) may drive down demand as a bonus, whilst the cost for those who do currently pay could be slashed.

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24 Sep 2019

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