HC Deb 23 January 1968 vol 757 cc81-2W
87. Sir E. Bullus

asked the Minister of Health how much it is estimated has been lost to the Exchequer since the National Health prescription charges w ere abolished in 1964.

Mr. K. Robinson

No reliable estimate of the cost can be made.

88. Mr. Fisher

asked the Minister of Health if he will state the criteria for defining the chronic sick for exemption from the 2s. 6d. prescription charge; and whether he proposes that the responsibility for interpreting this in individual cases will fall upon general practitioners.

Mr. K. Robinson

This matter is to be discussed with general practitioner representatives with a view to laying down centrally objective criteria for establishing entitlement to exemption.