Prescription Charges Rise

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jarrod248

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Dig deep and cough up, we're used to it and are quite happy to sit back and allow these things to happen. Don't like it write to your MP, he'll reply with a very polite letter and do nothing whatsoever about it. We're Pavlov's dogs and we've learnt helplessness, this electric floor smarts a bit. No matter i'll go fill the car up later.
 

Auld-Yin

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Quite agree. It is shameful for the Scottish government to bring in free prescriptions AFTER I am entitled to free ones :) Can I get a rebate on my previous scrips?
 
#7
B*ll*cks! Just as I am about to join the ranks of CivDiv - those BP tablets won't pay for themselves you know!
 
#10
Visit Scotland or wales once a month.
Much as I would love to - have you seen the price of fuel nowadays? Almost as bad as prescription charges.
 

Sixty

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#12
Do you think that the two are linked?
No.

I'm really getting quite sick of threads where the OP clearly has no idea how a block grant works. It's taken from general taxation from everyone in the UK (and not just you poor, put upon English) and given to the Scottish Government to spend as it wishes. In this case, the Scottish Government, not unreasonably, decides that the people of Scotland would benefit from free prescriptions. It's got the square root of sod all to do with the price going up in England.

Don't like it? Write to the party you support / are a member of and ask them to implement it as a policy, bearing in mind that you have ten times the population so it would be ten times more expensive. If they refuse, start your own party campaigning on that issue. Or you could take the ever popular option three and do f*ck all except sit and whine about it on the internet.

Welcome to democracy.
 
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Prescription charges in N.I.are at the moment free,however,there's a rumour going round that they might re-introduce charges after the may assembly elections.Sneaky or what?I will certainly be filling the earholes of any of those clowns who think they are worthy of my vote.
 
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No.

I'm really getting quite sick of threads where the OP clearly has no idea how a block grant works. It's taken from general taxation from everyone in the UK (and not just you poor, put upon English) and given to the Scottish Government to spend as it wishes. In this case, the Scottish Government, not unreasonably, decides that the people of Scotland would benefit from free prescriptions. It's got the square root of sod all to do with the price going up in England.

Don't like it? Write to the party you support / are a member of and ask them to implement it as a policy, bearing in mind that you have ten times the population so it would be ten times more expensive. If they refuse, start your own party campaigning on that issue. Or you could take the ever popular option three and do f*ck all except sit and whine about it on the internet.

Welcome to democracy.
Ohhh, get you tiger! I understand the process of the block grant thank you. The initial comment was meant somewhat tongue in cheek, and I am quite aware that the two are not really linked. HOWEVER! There is a serious point here.

1. It was crass and insensitive of the government to announce that ENGLISH prescription charges are to rise within 48 hours of the SCOTS announcing the abolition of the same. This is a time of austerity and frankly the Scots are not above this.

2. The Scots have been having a bit of a good time of it all just recently. Not whining, just stating facts. Education fees? Ring a bell? They have even stated that anyone attending a Scottish education facility from Europe won't pay fees, with the exception of those from England. Hmmm. And now, the prescription fees. Hmmmm.

The block grant works, however, it could be reduced if these issues (just for starters) were addressed. Whether you like it or not, the English (and yes, I accept also the Welsh, Scots and Ulstermen too) are paying for the Scots to vote themselves these privileges. It feels like we are being leeched off. Why not have prescription charges, charge to attend university and say to Westminster that the grant can be reduced for a year or two? Oh, I forgot, us Sassenachs are the "Auld Enemy" and we can get stuffed as long as Mr Salmond has the money to make himself look good!

By the way, I went to Scotland once. It was closed!
 
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Prescription charges in N.I.are at the moment free,however,there's a rumour going round that they might re-introduce charges after the may assembly elections.Sneaky or what?I will certainly be filling the earholes of any of those clowns who think they are worthy of my vote.

it will be hard work especially if you talk to Edwin Poots
 

Sixty

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#19
1. It was crass and insensitive of the government to announce that ENGLISH prescription charges are to rise within 48 hours of the SCOTS announcing the abolition of the same. This is a time of austerity and frankly the Scots are not above this.
And? It was the DoH in England that announced it not the Scottish Government. If you have a problem with " the English paying through the nose and getting shafted" then your whining would be better directed.

2. The Scots have been having a bit of a good time of it all just recently. Not whining, just stating facts. Education fees? Ring a bell? They have even stated that anyone attending a Scottish education facility from Europe won't pay fees, with the exception of those from England. Hmmm. And now, the prescription fees. Hmmmm.
As Smartascarrots never gets tired of posting but I'll do it again anyway: It's due to the way that the English chose to implement a parochial arrangement that means English students can only claim funds from their local LEA. Scottish (and indeed the rest of the EU) students are not so constrained.

Don't come crying to us when the system implemented in England comes back and bites you in the arse.


By the way, I went to Scotland once. It was closed!
Good for you. I go to England regularly. I find it lovely.
 

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