Scotland abolish prescription charges1st April 2011
England is now the only part of the UK still charging for some prescriptions after Scotland joined Northern Ireland and Wales in abolishing the fees.
The change in Scotland, brought in by the SNP government, comes on the same day charges per item rise in England by 20p to £7.40. The NHS in England raises more than £450m a year from the charges but organisations such as the British Medical Association and the Patients Association want free prescriptions across the UK.
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