Free calpol minor ailments scheme
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Free calpol minor ailments scheme

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Found 7th Apr 2016
For all the mammies and daddies - I went to Boots yesterday buying calpol and happened to complain to the cashier how expensive it is. She told me to my amazement that if you register your details with them under the 'minor ailments scheme' that all medicines etc. for children are free. A scheme that has been going for 8 years. They are not allowed to advertise it, but you can save a small fortune on calpol, piriton, sudocrem, plasters, etc.!! I wish I had known of this years ago!
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..."I was in Boots yesterday buying Calpol and happened to complain to the cashier how expensive it is. She told me, to my amazement, that if you register your details with them under the minor ailments scheme that all medicines for children are free – a scheme that has been going for eight years" ...
Not this again, draining the NHS for cheap bits you should really be buying yourself
klopikxda

http://www.nhs.uk/news/2015/05May/Pages/Minor-ailment-scheme-doesnt-provide-free-Calpol-for-all.aspx..."I was in Boots yesterday buying Calpol and happened to complain to the cashier how expensive it is. She told me, to my amazement, that if you register your details with them under the minor ailments scheme that all medicines for children are free – a scheme that has been going for eight years" ...


How weird that the OP would copy that verbatim, well spotted!
lukeo44

How weird that the OP would copy that verbatim, well spotted!


Thanks. I remembered this sentence from somewhere...
Not universal across the country.... Blackburn council does not participate
In my job, I tell parents to buy supermarket own brand paracetamol and ibuprofen. Half the price of the branded stuff on average, and exactly the same drugs. Same goes for the tablets in the main. The big brand names play on the gullible who are happy to pay for a name.

If a parent claims they can't afford £1.50-1.75 for paracetamol, I rarely believe them given they're probably more than happy to spend more on a coffee or fags, etc.

Kids medicines are all free via your family GP anyway, but too many parents are too damned lazy to make the effort of getting an appointment, and are killing the NHS by abusing the out of hours services all the time!
gabesdad

In my job, I tell parents to buy supermarket own brand paracetamol and … In my job, I tell parents to buy supermarket own brand paracetamol and ibuprofen. Half the price of the branded stuff on average, and exactly the same drugs. Same goes for the tablets in the main. The big brand names play on the gullible who are happy to pay for a name.If a parent claims they can't afford £1.50-1.75 for paracetamol, I rarely believe them given they're probably more than happy to spend more on a coffee or fags, etc.Kids medicines are all free via your family GP anyway, but too many parents are too damned lazy to make the effort of getting an appointment, and are killing the NHS by abusing the out of hours services all the time!


Totally agree, Asda do Paracetamol suspension for £1, no different to Calpol. With the inefficiencies in buying within the NHS, you can guarantee that the NHS will be paying more than that for branded Calpol through the scheme.
Everyone's always looking for something for nothing though, surely it would be a bit embarrassing scrounging Calpol and plasters if you can actually afford them but some people are shameless I suppose
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deleted1416210
Just because something is free it doesn't mean you have to take advantage of it.
In my eyes this scheme should only be used by those in real need.
We all have a part to play in creating a better society.
It's exactly the same as people claiming winter fuel allowances when they could easily pay their bill.
Edited by: "deleted1416210" 7th Apr 2016
This old chestnut doing the rounds again? Fab, let's bleed the rest of the NHS dry. It's not like we need it or anything and I totally don't mind paying my tax and NI contributions so people can scavenge free calpol from the pharmacy.
Totally cool with all of that.
Honestly these posts really anger me. Same as people who get paracetamol on prescription . You can get it so cheap now from home bargains yet people choose to get it free which costs the NHS much more.
Keeleyc

Honestly these posts really anger me. Same as people who get paracetamol … Honestly these posts really anger me. Same as people who get paracetamol on prescription . You can get it so cheap now from home bargains yet people choose to get it free which costs the NHS much more.


These sort of replies really anger me....its not the fault of the people who take advantage of this scheme it's the very fact tax payers money has been used to pay for such a scheme and to have a viability study/be implemented in the first place (I think they use the excuse that giving out these meds is cheaper than someone taking up a GP's appointment slot).
If the NHS procurement process can't get these meds at a cheaper price in the volume they buy in; then there is something sadly wrong (maybe they should send someone down to Hombargains occasionally to stock up).
Keeleyc

Honestly these posts really anger me. Same as people who get paracetamol … Honestly these posts really anger me. Same as people who get paracetamol on prescription . You can get it so cheap now from home bargains yet people choose to get it free which costs the NHS much more.




I agree that parents should be capable of buying paracetamol for their own children but not the paracetamol on prescription argument.

My father gets paracetamol on prescription because;
a) when he's in hospital it's on his prescription list so it saves a lot of hassle
b) he takes 6 - 8 tablets daily and with the limit of 2 or 3 boxes of 16 per person per transaction he'd need to go to the pharmacy/supermarket/shops 3 times a week. He's on pain killers for a reason & this isn't feasible, plus he lives in a village some distance from the shops
c) it's much more convenient getting them from a pharmacy along with his other medications than going to the shops (he doesn't go shopping).
d) if a doctor doesn't prescribe something he's less likely to take it
e) the doctor wants to know he's actually following the treatment plan and via the prescriptions he can to some extent track my fathers medications and make sure there's no contraindications.


There are many reasons why people get prescriptions for simple medications. My father is not being tight or lazy, he's following a treatment plan laid out by his doctor.
Boots own brand is £2.24.
You couldn't pay that?
boots.com/en/…18/
Edited by: "Paddy_o_furniture" 8th Apr 2016
You can get coupons for money of calpol anyways making it affordable!
If you need your child to be given calpol at nursery or school if they are not feeling 100% it must be prescribed otherwise they will refuse it administer. I hardly think this constitutes as scrounging. Also I get things on prescription that I can buy over the counter. I buy a prepay certificate because I need a lot of meds, I don't see anything wrong in me getting a box of paracetamol, ibuprofen or allergy tablets. My doctor encourages me to get things on prescription as I take lots of different things and it helps when monitoring and reviewing medication as I forget to mention them also it means when I am unable to leave home due to illness I haven't got to struggle up the road for pain relief or scrounge a pack from a neighbour.
lukeo44

Not this again, draining the NHS for cheap bits you should really be … Not this again, draining the NHS for cheap bits you should really be buying yourself



Why? You pay NI and living in a welfare state, you should expect to receive services like this. This is because of the politicians that we have to spent extra over paying NI (and other taxes). The want to spent money on wars and go out to look for aliens instead of spending same money on NHS or any other public services.

PS: I agree that you should just get cheaper generic medicines rather than more expensive branded ones.
Edited by: "mjunaid106" 10th Apr 2016
mjunaid106

Why? You pay NI and living in a welfare state, you should expect to … Why? You pay NI and living in a welfare state, you should expect to receive services like this. This is because of the politicians that we have to spent extra over paying NI (and other taxes). The want to spent money on wars and go out to look for aliens instead of spending same money on NHS or any other public services.PS: I agree that you should just get cheaper generic medicines rather than more expensive branded ones.


NHS funds would be better spent on ensuring high provision of services, surgery etc as well as reducing waiting times and investment into research. This scheme may be a drop in the ocean in the NHS but there's no doubt that that money could be used more efficiently instead of Mumsnet types scrounging free Calpol and plasters they can afford.
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