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Demo on drug bills.

By SIOBHAN McFADYEN

PROTESTORS took to the streets yesterday in a campaign against the latest prescription charge hike.

Members of SCRAP - a group demanding free prescriptions for all - marched on Boots the chemist in Edinburgh's Princes Street.

Cost of a prescription went up 10p yesterday to pounds 6.50 per item.

Scottish Socialist leader Colin Fox led the protest and said the timing of the increase on April Fool's Day was ironic.

He said: "Unfortunately, the joke is on patients, especially those who can't pay pounds 6.50 for each vital medicine they need.

"More than 750,000 in the UK last year, many in desperate need, were denied what they need."

Mr Fox has put a Bill to the Scottish Parliament seeking to abolish charges.

He said: "They bring in less than half of one per cent of NHS income in Scotland."
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Apr 2, 2005
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