'Unfair!' Outrage as free prescriptions continue in Scotland & Wales – but not in England

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They added: “When people miss or delay taking essential medication, their condition deteriorates and they are more likely to rely on NHS services more, or even end up in hospital.

“These are entirely avoidable admissions which cost the NHS millions, and can have damaging consequences for the patient.

​“We have recently seen that the UK Government is willing to make changes to how HRT is charged, but now it’s time to make healthcare equitable for all.”

A Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson said: “Around 90 percent of community prescription items in England are free of charge, and people don’t pay if they are on a low income, over 60 years old, or have certain medical conditions.



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