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Meanwhile, proposals to scrap free prescriptions for people over 60 have been called a “tax on the sick”.

At the moment pensioners are eligible for free prescriptions at age 60, but the change would mean they would only get free prescriptions when they can claim pension at age 65 plus.

If the controversial proposals get the green light, it would free up to £300million according to the Government – funds which could be used to help the NHS recover from the pandemic.

Prescription charges are a major source of revenue for the health service, generating almost £3billion every five years, but some believe it would be a false economy and put more pressure on the health system.

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