The Government have announced that they will undertake a review of prescription charges and report the outcome of this review by the summer recess 2007. This review will include options to:
revising the list of medical exemptions to prescription charges;
introducing a flat rate prescription charge with no exemptions; and
basing exemption to prescription charges solely on income.
These options will be considered on the basis that any changes to prescription charge exemptions, if implemented, are cost-neutral for the national health service.