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Review of Prescription Charges

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 March 2016 09:09
Published on Saturday, 01 August 2009 16:48
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Cancer patients urged to apply for free prescriptions from 25th January 2009. People being treated for cancer will be eligible for free prescriptions from 1st April 2009 and can apply for free prescriptions from today.

The new scheme, announced by the Prime Minister in September last year, abolishes NHS prescription charges for everyone undergoing treatment for cancer, the effects of cancer, or the effects of cancer treatment.

Up to 150,000 patients already diagnosed with cancer are expected to benefit, and may save £100 each year in prescription charges.

All cancer patients are entitled to apply for a 5-year exemption certificate, which will entitle them to all their NHS prescriptions free of charge, not just those relating to cancer. The certificate can be renewed as many times as necessary and will not have to be returned if the patient's condition changes.

Application forms can be collected from GP surgeries and oncology clinics from today and must be countersigned by the patient's GP, hospital doctor or service doctor.

Applications received by 24th March will be processed in time to be used for 1st April. Patients who do not receive for their certificate in time may have any prescription charges they have paid since the 1st April refunded.