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Health officials say free prescriptions will not be available to more patients

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.332.7535.198-f (Published 26 January 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:198
  1. Adrian O'Dowd
  1. London

    There are no plans to review the current list of people in England who are exempt from the prescription charge, MPs heard last week, despite concerns about the system among patients and doctors.

    Patients' groups representing people with conditions such as cystic fibrosis and Parkinson's disease have told the Department of Health of their major concerns about exemptions, but no review is imminent.

    MPs questioned department officials last week as part of the parliamentary health select committee's inquiry into NHS charges, including prescription charges and dental and optical charges.

    The witnesses were quizzed on a description of …

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