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Medicines go free for cancer patients

PUBLISHED: 14:44 28 January 2009 | UPDATED: 10:24 23 August 2010

CANCER sufferers in the area are to receive free prescriptions. Following a government announcement last Wednesday NHS West Kent will be scrapping charges for cancer patients prescriptions from April 1. Everyone undergoing treatment for the illness can

CANCER sufferers in the area are to receive free prescriptions.

Following a government announcement last Wednesday NHS West Kent will be scrapping charges for cancer patients' prescriptions from April 1.

Everyone undergoing treatment for the illness can apply now for a five-year exemption certificate to come into effect on April 1.

All medicines will be covered, including drugs not relating to the actual disease.

James Thallon, Medical Director at NHS West Kent said: "This is very good news for patients in West Kent. It ensures all those undergoing treatment for cancer have fair and equal access to the medicines they are prescribed.

"It will help safeguard the quality of life for cancer patients in West Kent, so that those already faced with the difficulty of this illness do not have to face a further problem in paying for their prescriptions."

The exemption also applies to patients being treated for the effects of cancer or treatment, can be renewed as many times as needed, and will not have to be returned if their condition changes.

Application forms are available from GP surgeries and oncology clinics now.

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