Prescription charges axed in Scotland3rd March 2011
Prescription charges look set to be scrapped in Scotland after MSPs voted in favour of the move.
A key SNP election pledge in 2007 and backed by Labour MSPs, the Conservatives and Lib Dems tried to block the move but the Scottish government has now won the approval of Holyrood’s health committee to remove the current £3 charge. The price paid by patients for prescription medicine in Scotland has been reduced each year since 2008 and the final vote will see charges removed on 1 April.
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