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Free prescription age frozen at 60 The government has confirmed that people aged 60 and over will continue to receive free prescriptions. The decision followed a Department of Health and Social Care consultation in 2021 looking at whether the age free prescriptions become available should be aligned with the State Pension age, which is currently 66. The government said, taking into account a number of factors, including current cost of living and increased medical needs due to an ageing population, it has decided to freeze the age at 60. Please click on icon for more information. Posted on 15 June 2023. Flu vaccination plans for winter 2023/4. The UK Health Security Agency, NHS England and the Department of Health and Social Care have published their annual letter, dated 25 May 2023, which sets out flu vaccination plans for winter 2023/4. Please click on icon for more information. Posted on 08 June 2023. Pitsea included in the Six new diagnostic centres to open this year The Department of Health and Social Care has announced that Six new community diagnostic centres (CDCs), including a new CDC at Pitsea in Essex are due to open this year in regions across the UK, adding to the 106 centres already up and running and helping to cut NHS waiting lists. CDCs enable patients to get their symptoms checked much closer to home and receive a diagnosis for a range of conditions such as cancer, heart or lung disease, following a referral from a GP or consultant, rather than travelling to hospital. Please click on icon for more information. Posted on 15 May 2023.
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