UNEVEN BRITAIN

1 April 2013

Today prescription charges go up to £7.85 an item for those who pay.

Whoa, not quite.

They go up in England, including Cornwall. Prescriptions are free in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. That’s down to the generous share of per capita funds for public spending those countries get from UK taxpayers under the Barnett redistribution scheme and the parliaments/assemblies they have. I think that basically England taxpayers with no parliament of their own are enabling the free prescriptions elsewhere.

It’s called the National Health Service. It’s called the United Kingdom; and we’re all in it together.

Will Cornish nationalism, fretting about 1337 and all that, question this uneven imposition on sick people in Cornwall? Prescription charges are the real world …


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