Jersey Deputy Geoff Southern's prescription fee u-turn

A Jersey deputy has changed his plan to scrap free prescriptions after objections to the proposals.

Deputy Geoff Southern said: "I have not lost my marbles or gone over to the dark side, but I accept that my original proposal was wrong."

He said he apologised for any distress he may have caused.

He said: "I have revised my proposals to exempt all residents aged 65 and over and with those suffering chronic illness from prescription charges."

But he said the plan to give free access to GPs for some people who get income support would remain.

Prescriptions in Jersey have been free of charge since February 2008.

The deputy said he noted from press coverage and his mail box that many pensioners and others objected to his original proposals.

The States will debate the proposal on 17 April.

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