Free NHS prescriptions: Cut would be 'devastating' for pensioners and carers

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Another named Debbie told the charity: “I’ve had to take an early retirement on a reduced pension to care for my husband who has dementia.

“Money is tight – It feels discriminatory as the more medical conditions you have, the harder you’ll be hit.”

Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director for Age UK, outlined the importance of the Government reversing its decision to avoid doing further harm.

Ms Abrahams explained: “There is ample evidence showing that older carers often struggle with their own health problems, so making them start paying for their medication simply risks them becoming even less fit and well.

“When a carer’s health breaks down and they are unable to continue to care then this is not only bad news for them and their loved one, it piles extra pressure on our beleaguered health and care system too.

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