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Axe free prescriptions say public sector chiefs

14th May 2010

Public spending leaders have suggested that free prescriptions and eye tests could be axed in Scotland along with other benefits such as free pensioner travel and free school meals.

With the Scottish budget forecast to be cut by as much as £35bn over the next three years, Holyrood’s finance committee has been warned that many services are at risk with a period of “entrenchment” lying ahead. Health service bosses have already called into question the provision of universal benefits, budget review committee heard.

 

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