Caroline Abrahams, the Charity Director for Age UK, said: “The adverse impact on older carers of this policy proposal adds to our sense that it has not been properly thought through.
“One senior doctor told me it was a ‘ridiculous idea’, because it is so likely to be self-defeating.
“The money the NHS saves from making more people buy their medication is almost certain to be outweighed by the costs of treating health conditions that worsen because some 60-65 year olds adhere less rigorously to their prescribed treatment regimes.”
“Fortunately it’s not too late for the Government to change its mind. We are urging the Secretary of State to drop a bad idea which flies in the face of other Government priorities, one which was developed before he joined the Department.”