Why Boots is Keeping It’s Free Medication Scheme a Secret

Recently the internet has been flooded with information about the Boots ‘Minor Ailments Scheme‘ thanks to a young mum accidentally coming across the news that Boots will give your children free medication.



The news was shared with family and friends but then took on a life of it’s own are her Facebook status was shared far and wide.

The information she has stumbled upon is in fact TRUE. However, before you sign up for the service (which you are entitled to as long at you’re a UK resident who is entitled to free prescriptions – this includes every child under 16 years old) you need to hear the truth about it.

The Boots FAQ section reveals that medications are available for FREE for common illnesses such as;

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However before you sign yourself or your children up for this scheme there is something you must know…

The scheme is NOT funded by Boots; it’s funded by the NHS! This is why Boots isn’t allowed to advertise the service!

Remember earlier this month when everyone was getting behind the NHS to show support for our health service?


The NHS is extremely low on funds, funds that the tax payer is paying to be able to see a doctor when necessary and receive free health care if needed.

We need to protect the people who need access to free health care and if that means they sign up for the Minor Ailments Scheme then great. But we also need to spread the word that just because you’re entitled to this, does not mean you should sign up.

If you can afford your own Calpol, Piriton or Paracetamol, please, please pay for it yourself.

We can’t allow people to continue to drain the NHS resources that people in Britain desperately need.

Please think carefully before you sign up. Nothing comes for free and these medications are not truly free, they’re paid for by the whole country.


By Hannah Jones

Hannah is a Manchester based writer who has spent many years studying and working in the field of journalism and psychology. Hannah enjoys swimming, meditation and dog walking. Her favourite quote is, 'If it doesn't challenge you, it doesn't change you.'