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Scrap prescription charge for long-term conditions

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Health groups have urged health ministers to abolish prescription charges for patients with long-term conditions in England, after research showed more than a third are missing out on medication due to prescription costs.

The calls came as it was revealed the prescription charge in England will rise by 20p to £7.85 from 1 April.

The Prescription Charges Coalition, an alliance of 20 health groups and charities, has sent a report to the government highlighting the ‘fundamental unfairness' of the prescription system and calling for reform.

Prescriptions are free in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

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It is wrong for pt's in England to be paying prescription cgarhes with chronic conditions. I have a few pt's who have to pay for their prescriptions and they have asthma. Often they go without treatment due to affordability.The system is completely wrong and by saving on OTC items this will allow others to get want they need. Stock piling medications is another enormous problem. There is no respect for the NHS because eveything is free. paying for some things may make people appreciate what they have in the NHS.
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