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State pension age changes to free NHS prescriptions slammed as ‘tax on the sick’

“RPS would like to see the complete abolishment of prescription charges in England, whatever the age group, as is the case in Scotland and Wales.”

Dr Jennifer Burns, the President of the British Geriatrics Society, outlined what is at stake for many people over the age of 60 in the UK who are reliant on “freebie” benefits, such as free NHS prescriptions.

Dr Burns explained: “We are dismayed to hear that the Government is considering increasing the age at which people in England become eligible for free prescriptions.

“It is essential that older people with multiple long-term conditions are able to access the medications they need to effectively manage their health.”


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