Tillington man hits out after losing freedom of choice in prescriptions row

A Tillington man says a new National Health directive which bans him from picking up his medical prescriptions from his doctor’s surgery flies in the face of the government’s claim to give patients more choice.

Iain Brooks, 73, is a patient at the Petworth surgery and has for the last six years picked up his prescriptions at the pharmacy there.

But now he has received an edict from the NHS saying anyone who lives less than 1.6km as the crow flies from their nearest chemist must get their prescriptions there.

Mr Brooks, who says all his neighbours in Tillington are also up in arms about the directive, told the Observer: “This is a classic example of government saying they are giving people more freedom of choice and then taking away the choice. This directive is just ludicrous.

“It’s much more convenient and easier for me to collect my prescriptions from my doctor in Grove Street, where I can park, than to have to park in Petworth and there are many people who will struggle to get up the hill to the chemist.”

Full story see Midhurst and Petworth Observer July 26