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Give people with long-term illnesses gig tickets, not drugs, says Health Secretary

November 7, 2018

Complete Music Update: UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock has brought a bit of his former role as Culture Secretary with him, arguing that the NHS should prescribe gig tickets, rather than drugs, to people with long-term illnesses.

Speaking at an event for health-focused think tank the King’s Fund, Hancock argued that over-prescription of drugs for ongoing conditions is unnecessarily costing the health service millions of pounds. Instead of medication, he said, providing people with access to cultural activities, such as watching live music, learning instruments themselves, or dance classes, could be just as effective.

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