The Scottish government is abolishing prescription charges in Scotland for all Scots. At the moment, 96% of all prescriptions are dispensed free of charge.
Abolishing prescription charges north of the border is going to cost the English taxpayer another £70m.
In April this year, the Welsh government abolished all prescription charges in Wales on the same day that prescription charges in England rose to £6.80 per item. Paid for by the English taxpayer of course.
The Daily Mail is calling this “The Great Divide” and says that it’s the final straw for English taxpayers. For me, the final straw whizzed by years ago and I’m now in a constant low-level rage aimed at this racist Scottish Raj.
My nan has Age Related Macular Degeneration (ARMD). It’s the most common cause of blindness in over-60’s in England but can be cured. Can she get it treated? No. She lives in England and therefore must go blind so that enough money can be stolen from the English NHS to pay for ARMD treatment in Scotland. She worked and paid taxes all her life, right up until she was in her 50’s when she had to stop because of ill health. She worked in a munitions factory during the Second World War while my Grandad was on the front line in Korea. What reward does she get for her contribution to the country? Second-rate, third-class treatment at the hands of the NHS – she even got a hospital superbug when she had a knee replacement!
My youngest son has Dyspraxia. He was lucky enough to get it diagnosed at such an early age – 5 years old – because he can get help before he gets too far behind and loses interest at school. He already complains that it’s hard at school and he has a concentration span you measure in seconds. A doctor has referred him for speech therapy and occupational therapy. There is one child occupation therapist for the whole county of Shropshire. The NHS provides one child occupational therapist for around 444,000 people. Unsurprising, then, that the waiting list is at least 12 months long. In Scotland, they’ve been pumping money into occupational speech therapy for children since 2003 to improve the service.
Meanwhile, a new report by the Audit Commission into the English NHS says that one third of NHS Trusts were still in the red.
The American Civil War started on the premise of “No Taxation without Representation”. The American colonies were taxed by the British government but weren’t allowed to vote. The American colonies were subsidising Britain and got foreign rule in return. Sound familiar? Come the revolution, we’re going to need a big wall.