A survey by leading cancer charity Macmillan Cancer Care has found that
just one in three of 150,000 patients are receiving free cancer
medicines and that most of them are still having to pay for
prescriptions despite promises by Prime Minister Gordon Brown that
these medicines would be made available for free.
The survey showed that one in three cancer patients shelled out a
cost of £7.20 for each prescription. The charity also said that many
GPs were not aware of the new rules.
"More than four months
after the introduction of free prescriptions, it's worrying that the
overwhelming majority of cancer patients are still scrimping and saving
to pay for their medication," said Mike Hobday, from Macmillan Cancer
Support. "We urge GPs and pharmacists to check people collecting
medication for cancer are aware of their entitlement and call on the
government to do more to ensure the guidance on exemption is clear."
Department of Health claimed that the figures quoted by the charity were
out of date and that just 60,000 people were still paying for