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Help the NHS by buying your own medicine

People entitled to free prescriptions should buy their own medicine over the counter if they can afford it to ease the burden on the NHS, says Jane Bates

People entitled to free prescriptions should buy their own medicine over the counter if they can afford it to ease the burden on the NHS, says Jane Bates

‘Every little helps,’ as the saying goes. Many patients are only too aware of this when it comes to the NHS, and often come up with money-saving suggestions.

So from my perspective as a patient, and as a recipient of free prescriptions (yes, I am that old), I would like to put forward an idea.

I realised the other day that one of my regular medications is available over the counter. Why did no one tell me? Maybe I should have known, but I have never seen it on sale and you can bet that if I wasn’t aware then neither were most people.

NHS England recently highlighted the enormous cost to

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