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CASTLE MORPETH BC SCRAPS 'TAX ON SICKNESS'

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Environmental and planning committee members on Castle Morpeth BC have voted to scrap a plan the council introduced...
Environmental and planning committee members on Castle Morpeth BC have voted to scrap a plan the council introduced to charge patients who need home treatment for the cost of disposing of their clinical waste.

The Journal reports that the scheme, which imposed a charge of£11.75 per collection of clinical waste from April 1 to cover the£5,000 annual cost of the service to a dozen households, was introduced to save money.

But members said they had thought the demands would go to medical centres and not to patients being treated at home. Labour group leader Martin Walker said: 'It is deeply immoral. The council is imposing a tax on sickness, which I don't think can be justified on any grounds.'

The council is now expected to accept the recommendations of the committees and scrap the scheme.
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