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Prescription charges cut in Scotland

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NHS prescription charges in Scotland have been cut by 25% from £6.85 to £5.00.

A further 51% reduction in the cost of prescription pre-payment certificates (PPCs) will benefit people who suffer from chronic or long-term conditions and cancer.

The cost of a PPC has been lowered from £98.70 to £48 for a 12-month period and from £35.85 to £17 for a four-month period.

Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing Nicola Sturgeon said: ‘I am delighted to see the Scottish Government deliver on a key manifesto commitment, and take a major step in the phased abolition of prescription charges.

‘We plan to reduce charges again next year and in 2010, before abolishing them altogether in April 2011,’ she said.

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