The issue here is that people on medication for depression are often claiming a benefit – most likely Employment and Support Allowance – so failure to get a repeat prescription will signify you don’t need the benefit any more.
So after just three months, not only will you suddenly find you don’t have the medicine you need to function, but you will also find yourself thrown off the income-supplement benefit you need to survive.
Chances are that the loss of benefit will trigger a severe attack of depression… and suddenly we’re in another chequebook euthanasia situation.
Of course, a solution is presented: Go back to your GP and get another prescription.
But GPs are already overworked, and this will only add to the pressure on them – for no good reason at all.
So, good luck getting that repeat script!
Perhaps a better solution would be to reverse the harmful government policy and bring sanity back to healthcare.
It can be done – you just need the will to do it. Get organised. Get together with others in the same situation. Get out, knock on people’s doors and tell them what’s happening and who’s responsible.
What have you got to lose? The Tories are already taking your medicine and your money.
This is a warning based on my personal experience. Like many people, I suffer from depression, for which I am, thankfully, on medication. However, the government, David Cameron, George Osborne, the head of the health service, Jeremy Hunt, and their corporate paymasters seem to resent the fact that so many people in Britain now are on medicine to treat this condition. So they’re doing their best to throw people off it.
About a year or so I had to go to my doctor again for an examination after I had a repeat prescription turned down. I was told that because the government was concerned about the mental wellbeing of sufferers like myself, they were stopping automatic repeat conditions in order to make people see their doctors.
It is, I was told, a condition that can get worse, and so it had been decided that sufferers like myself had to be seen every three months rather than the six I was used to.
I was told by the doctor straight out that the government didn’t care about people with depression, and so wasn’t going to notify them that they needed to make another appointment with their doctor if they want to continue treatment.
Their medication is just automatically cancelled after three months.
So, if you suffer from depression, or know someone who does, be warned. The government has clearly decided that you only deserve to be on it for three months. After which, they seem to believe that you have got better.
It seems to me very much they are cancelling automatic repeat prescriptions for depression as they really do believe that it’s simply the case of pulling yourself back together. Or straightening your tie, putting your shoulders back and singing the national anthem, or whatever other stupid remark Cameron thought was a witty reply to Corbyn in parliament the other week.
If you are like me, please don’t get caught out. They’re using any trick they can to throw people off benefits. People have been sanctioned simply because they’ve been late responding to a request for an interview. Don’t let them pull the same trick with your mental health.
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