GB News’ Webster slams free prescriptions, saying, “Not everyone can afford it!”
In the face of rising costs of living across the country, GB NEWS Breakfast co-host Isabel Webster slammed a GP who backed the government’s plans to scrap free prescriptions for over-60s.
Isabel Webster, co-host of GB News’ Breakfast, clashed with Dr Laurence Gerlis, a GP at Same Day Doctor, over the government’s decision to eliminate free prescriptions.
Prescriptions for over-60s have been free for over 25 years, but starting April 1 they may have to be paid for.
Dr. Gerlis endorsed the plans, stating that he would be willing to pay for his prescriptions.
“I think that’s actually a reasonable thing to do,” he continued.
“I don’t see why everyone over the age of 60 should get them for free.”
Isabel Webster responded with a stern rebuke, saying, “Times have changed.
Sorry for interrupting you, but doctors’ appointments are becoming increasingly difficult to come by.
“It’s a lot more difficult now than it used to be.”
I understand that you are willing to pay for your prescriptions.”
“But, with greater respect, as a doctor, you are well able to afford that,” she continued.
“Many people, perhaps over 60, will be watching this program, still working and very concerned about all of the cost-of-living crises we’ve discussed this week.”
“They’ll think this is a stretch.”
“I agree, Isabel,” Dr. Gerlis replied.
I think £9.35 is a lot, but only 10% of patients pay it.
“I would eliminate most exemptions while lowering the price.”
“You can still get free prescriptions if you’re on benefits.”
He claimed that 90 percent of prescriptions are given away for free, implying that the prescription system is rife with “widespread unchecked fraud.”
The Government announced last year that the eligibility age for free prescriptions in England would be raised to 66 from 60, in line with the State Pension age.
Earlier this week, BUPA’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr Andrew Vallance-Owen, spoke out against the plans on GB News.
“It’s preying on the elderly and people with chronic illnesses who aren’t covered by the exemptions,” he said.
It’s an inequitable system.”
According to Sarah Coles, a senior personal finance analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown, the decision to eliminate free prescriptions could cause financial hardship for millions of people.
“At the moment, there is no charge for those over the age of 60,” Ms Coles said, “but that could change soon.”
If that happens, it will engulf millions of people.
“Brinkwire News Summary.”