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From The Socialist newspaper, 12 January 2022
Free prescriptions? Maybe when you're older
Derek McMillan, Worthing, West Sussex
The government has a proposal on the table to raise the qualifying age for free medical prescriptions from 60 to 66. Of course, once they have raised it to 66, it will be 67, 68... the sky's the limit.
Prescriptions already cost the best part of £10. This is not for the prescription but for each item on the prescription. This is financially crippling for those with multiple health conditions.
It is most likely that people will pick and choose which items to buy, and they may decide they cannot afford any of them. The impact on the NHS could be catastrophic.
The government thinks old people deserve the right to die and they will give it to us whether we like it or not.
This government has made U-turns before, they can be shamed and forced into making another.
A bit of support from the Labour Party would be nice... in your dreams perhaps.
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Shameless Johnson partied through lockdown
Energy price crisis: nationalise energy giants to save us from Â£600 hit
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Kazakhstan: Working-class revolt only suppressed by massive mobilisation of troops
Solidarity with workers protesting in Kazakhstan
Protests against BBC transphobia
Leeds People's Budget: We beat council cuts before, we will again
Communities fight back against Rio Tinto mine
North London NHS - "It's going to be us who saves it"
Southampton student vote for online exams must be accepted
Coventry bin workers' pay strike
10,000 tube workers vote to strike over jobs, terms and pension cuts
East Mids rail conductors force concessions, train managers' dispute continues
Carmarthenshire gritters take action as Plaid-led council reneges on agreement
Jobcentre Coronavirus outbreak leads to reps meeting call
South Yorkshire bus strikes spreading and getting stronger
Weetabix workers defeat 'fire and rehire' and ballot on improved pay offer
Invergordon Royal Mail mutiny wins
Don't Look Up: An entertaining satire on corporate power and the US establishment
Anne: Hillsborough and the fight for justice
Money Heist: A Robin Hood tale set in modern-day capitalism
War criminal Tony Blair knighted
Bullying weighing room culture at the races
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