Posts Tagged ‘free prescriptions’

Free prescriptions policy

Friday, August 31st, 2012

Once again the increase in medicines dispensed in Wales has opened the floodgates for the anti free prescriptions camp to have another go at the system. Free prescriptions are a long term investment by the Welsh Government in managing chronic conditions and improving health and ultimately helping to reduce the cost and pressure on the [...]

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Free Prescriptions

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

An article on the BBC Wales website on Sunday 13 May 2012 has once again brought the free prescription scheme in Wales under attack. Professor Brian Morgan from Cardiff’s school of management does not believe that the scheme, along with several other social schemes, benefit the Welsh economy. What he fails to acknowledge is the [...]

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Leave our free prescriptions alone!

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

Once again, I feel the need to defend the Welsh Assembly Government’s policy on free prescriptions, something BMA Cymru Wales fought long and hard to have introduced on the Welsh NHS. The Welsh Conservatives say, if they were to gain power in the Assembly, they would scrap them, bringing in charges for those who can [...]

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End to free prescription anomaly

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

Congratulations to the Welsh Health Minister on ending this discrepancy in the WAG’s free prescriptions policy. Despite patients in Wales being exempt from paying £7.20 for their prescriptions for the past two years, anyone picking one up at a hospital in England still has to pay. This of course unfairly penalises those who have no [...]

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Welsh doctors call for free prescriptions for English patients

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

On the second anniversary of the abolition of prescription charges in Wales, I now think it’s high time the scheme is extended to English patients. This surely would be the fairest and simplest option, rather than the Department of Health’s plans to extend a list of exemptions. It seems ridiculous that for two years now [...]

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Isn’t it about time England acted on bringing in free prescriptions?

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

England’s Department of Health is looking to extend the list of long-term conditions that are exempt from prescription charges. Instead of doing that, why not bring in free prescriptions, which is undoubtedly the fairest and simplest option, which the Welsh Assembly Government did nearly two years ago now? It’s questionable as to the wisdom of [...]

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Free prescriptions for all English patients soon too?

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

Judging by the latest announcement from the DoH, it looks like free prescriptions could slowly be creeping in via the backdoor in England. From today, thousands of cancer patients can start applying for free prescriptions, with that being extended at a later date to any patient with a long term health condition. With the current [...]

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Free prescriptions prove their worth as the credit crunch continues to bite

Monday, January 12th, 2009

I think it’s worth taking a minute to point out the good that some health policies in Wales are doing to help patients stave off the credit crunch. Prior to free prescriptions some patients may have thought twice about accessing health care, or not picked up their prescription, because of the cost. This is now [...]

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WAG hits back over free prescriptions ‘nonsense’

Monday, October 6th, 2008

I nearly choked on my Sunday morning cornflakes when I read in a London-based tabloid newspaper that the plug could be pulled on free-prescriptions in Wales. I don’t know whether there is some concerted attempt to undermine the policy but it does seem that a week does not go by these days without negative and [...]

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Finally – a warm welcome for free prescriptions!

Monday, October 6th, 2008

There’s been a great deal of discussion on this blog about the policy of free prescriptions. Northern Ireland’s Health Minister’s now announced they are following Wales’ lead and abolishing all charges by 2010. For those doubters, it might be worth reading some of the following quotes. I couldn’t agree more … MICHAEL McGIMPSEY, HEALTH MINISTER [...]

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