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Doctors begin prescribing heating to vulnerable patients that can't afford to stay warm

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GPs are now prescribing heating to patients with medical conditions that become worse in the cold in some areas of the UK, Manchester Evening News reports.

It marks the beginning of the Warm Home Prescription pilot which aims to cover the cost of heating for low-income patients who suffer from such conditions.

According to the BBC, 28 low-income patients have benefited from the trial scheme so far which will soon be offered to more than 1,000 homes in Teesside, Aberdeenshire and in the NHS Gloucestershire area.

Mum-of-two Michelle Davis who suffers from severe pulmonary illness and arthritis was one of the patients who took part in the trial.She said: "When the weather turns cold, I tend to seize up.

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