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Free prescriptions? Maybe when you're older

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Derek McMillan, Worthing, West Sussex

The government has a proposal on the table to raise the qualifying age for free medical prescriptions from 60 to 66. Of course, once they have raised it to 66, it will be 67, 68... the sky's the limit.

Prescriptions already cost the best part of £10. This is not for the prescription but for each item on the prescription. This is financially crippling for those with multiple health conditions.

It is most likely that people will pick and choose which items to buy, and they may decide they cannot afford any of them. The impact on the NHS could be catastrophic.

The government thinks old people deserve the right to die and they will give it to us whether we like it or not.

This government has made U-turns before, they can be shamed and forced into making another.

A bit of support from the Labour Party would be nice... in your dreams perhaps.

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In The Socialist 12 January 2022:


News

Super-rich get richer, while we can't make ends meet. Join the fightback!

Blow to establishment as jury backs Colston Four

Covid, stress and cutbacks fuel school staff shortages

Tories concede under cladding pressure but don't go far enough

Low pay, stress and Covid drive: NHS staff crisis

Shameless Johnson partied through lockdown

Energy price crisis: nationalise energy giants to save us from £600 hit

Energy bosses: 'Jump, cuddle and eat porridge while we raise prices'


Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan: Working-class revolt only suppressed by massive mobilisation of troops

Solidarity with workers protesting in Kazakhstan


Campaigns news

Protests against BBC transphobia

Leeds People's Budget: We beat council cuts before, we will again

Communities fight back against Rio Tinto mine

North London NHS - "It's going to be us who saves it"

Southampton student vote for online exams must be accepted


Workplace news

Coventry bin workers' pay strike

10,000 tube workers vote to strike over jobs, terms and pension cuts

East Mids rail conductors force concessions, train managers' dispute continues

Carmarthenshire gritters take action as Plaid-led council reneges on agreement

Jobcentre Coronavirus outbreak leads to reps meeting call

South Yorkshire bus strikes spreading and getting stronger

Weetabix workers defeat 'fire and rehire' and ballot on improved pay offer

Invergordon Royal Mail mutiny wins


Reviews

Don't Look Up: An entertaining satire on corporate power and the US establishment

Anne: Hillsborough and the fight for justice

Money Heist: A Robin Hood tale set in modern-day capitalism


Readers' opinion

War criminal Tony Blair knighted

Bullying weighing room culture at the races

Free prescriptions? Maybe when you're older


Obituaries

Obituary - Pauline Wall

Obituary - Ethan Bradley 1993-2021


 

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Government:

triangleSolidarity with workers protesting in Kazakhstan

triangleCommunities fight back against Rio Tinto mine

triangleTories concede under cladding pressure but don't go far enough

triangleNHS Covid staff crisis

triangleMore fares misery for passengers - renationalise the railways

Labour:

triangleObituary - Pauline Wall

trianglePeople's Budget: We beat council cuts before, we will again

triangleCorbyn's Peace and Justice Project

triangleObituary: Kate Jones - 1953-2021

Candidates:

triangleTUSC appeals for widest possible anti-austerity socialist unity for May elections

triangleAn appeal to trade union members to stand as anti-cuts candidates

triangleBatley & Spen byelection: Another condemnation of Starmer's New Labour

Health:

triangleLow pay, stress and Covid drive: NHS staff crisis

triangleBarts health workers to strike for a pay rise

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