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To: Secretary of State for Health Sajid Javid

Keep prescriptions free for Over 60s

Keep prescriptions free for Over 60s

Keep prescriptions free for Over 60s

Why is this important?

The Government wants to move the age people can get free prescriptions up from 60 to 66 years old.

This is directed to anyone in England. The devolved governments have chosen to offer free prescriptions for all. Raising the age at which free prescriptions are offered would further increase this disparity.

Many women have been hit twice by the increases to state retirement age, please do not add a third. As this only applies to England, it makes such a change even more burdensome as less than 10% of prescriptions are actually paid for. The over 60s suffer increasing health problems, that could be exacerbated if prescriptions needed to be paid for. People could choose not to pay, which then puts a greater burden on the NHS. This is a shortsighted idea that needs to be nipped in the bud now.

England, UK

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Reasons for signing

  • I'm 64 and do have a regular prescription. I'm a carer and now also caring for my mother of 93. Don't think it's right for this age threshold to be increased.
  • I am a fit and active 64 yers old and need a life protecting prescription drug everyday. Although I should have started sooner i did not take the medication until I age qualified for free prescriptions. It would be unfair to start charging for what has been free for years. Also this section of society, especially women, have been cheated out of the pension payment by suddenly moving the age upwards, so we would be subject to a double wammy of restrictions.
  • As you get older ...

Updates

2021-07-16 14:07:59 +0100

Also worth completing this Government consultation. https://consultations.dhsc.gov.uk/609bec33c72fa2128606b486 You never know?

2021-07-15 20:34:35 +0100

150,000 signatures reached

2021-07-08 08:42:32 +0100

This is just part of the wider dismantling of the NHS.
Protect the NHS, Press Pause on the White Paper for Health and Social care
Please also support this petition: -
https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/581077

2021-07-07 09:11:18 +0100

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