The Department of Health has announced that any further changes to the way prescriptions are charged or exempted will have to await the next Spending Review due in the Autumn. This decision has been reported in the general media (BBC).
Since the 1st April 2009 patients on active cancer treatments have qualified for a medical exemption certificate. Current proposals include a phased introduction of exemptions for people with long terms conditions and a gradual reduction in the price of a prepayment certificate.
Action: Clinicians should be aware of current exemption classes and be able to advise patients how they could better fund access medicines, for example with a prepayment certificate.