Hyslop Urges Boots to Rethink Delivery Changes
Local Constituency MSP, Fiona Hyslop, has written to Senior Management at Boots to express her concerns over Boots decision to introduce a delivery charge for prescriptions from September 30th.
Boots are planning to introduce a delivery charge from the end of September of £5 per patient, per delivery for one off deliveries. They are also offering an annual subscription of £55 per year per patient as an alternative.
“There are many reasons why patients may need to have their prescriptions delivered, a good number will be elderly and simply cannot afford this delivery charge. Boots will already receive money from the NHS to handle prescriptions and while they appear to be offering a £55 annual payment alternative, £55 can be a lot to ask as a one off payment for people living off their pensions.
“The Scottish Government abolished prescription charges so that the most vulnerable people in our society did not have to choose between being able to eat and being able to pay for their medication. This move by Boots could force their patients back into making that decision if they physically cannot make it out to collect their prescriptions nor financially afford this charge.
“I am very concerned by this move and have written to Boots to urge them to rethink this policy.”