The poorest will lose out from prescription cuts

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A doctor writing a prescription. ‘It is those who cannot otherwise afford these medicines who will go without,’ writes Aidan Shanks. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA

The Conservative government is once again aiming to take more from the poor (GPs ordered to stop prescribing some drugs to save cash, 28 March). These treatments will effectively be removed from those currently entitled to free prescriptions (eg recipients of income support or pension guaranteed credit, those having a long-term disability, holding a valid medical exemption certificate or maternity exemption certificate). Doctors have long been advising those who pay for their prescription to buy these over-the-counter medicines at retail price, rather than pay the £8.40 prescription charge. Nothing changes here; it is those who cannot otherwise afford these medicines who will go without.
Aidan Shanks
Eastry, Kent

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