In England, Adjustments to Prescription Charges are Postponed till Autumn

In England, Adjustments to Prescription Charges are Postponed till AutumnAny reforms to the system of prescription charges in England have been postponed at least till autumn in spite of a prestigious report asking for important alterations.

The Government has said that any amendments will have to be deemed as part of the next expenditure evaluation in the autumn.

This is in spite of the results of the recently published, Prescription Charges Review: Implementing Exemption from Prescription Charges for People with Long Term Conditions.

The report, scripted by Professor Ian Gilmore, President of the Royal College of Physicians, says that the present system is desperately in need of a revamp to make it unbiased for patients.

Ex-Prime Minister, Gordon Brown first declared that proposals to increase eligibility for free prescriptions in 2008 and ordered Professor Gilmore to examine the system.

Though the report was finished and presented to the Labor Government in November last year, it has been made public just now.

All prescription charges have been canceled in Wales and are being phased out in Scotland.

The report says that patients should be excused from indicts if they have a long-standing health problem that will continue for a period of a minimum of six months.

This would imply that a three-year exclusion would comprise people with conditions like asthma, arthritis and high blood pressure, and physicians would settle on people's eligibility.