Ian Austin

Independent for Dudley North

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Dudley North MP challenges government on prescription charges for for long-term conditions

Austin is backing calls for the Government to review their prescription charges medical exemption list to include people living with long-term conditions.

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From 1st April prescriptions in England rise to a new high of £9 per item, a 26% rise when compared with wages that have risen 16% since 2010.

This means that the millions of people in England with long-term conditions like Parkinson’s, asthma, motor neurone disease, sickle cell and multiple sclerosis must pay for living with it.

In 2017, research by the Prescription Charges Coalition found that one third of survey respondents in England with long-term conditions had not collected a prescription item due to cost.

Prescriptions are free for all in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, yet the government has made no assessment on the effect of prescription charges on health outcomes in England.

Ian Austin has signed letter to the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care to review the prescription charge medical exemption list to include people living with long-term conditions.

Ian Austin said:

“It’s shocking to hear that lots of people with long-term conditions aren’t getting the treatment they need due to prescription costs.

“Prescription charges can really build up and impose a considerable cost, particularly for people with long-term medical conditions. For many people, the cost of prescriptions is a barrier to taking the medication they need.

“I want the Government to review the prescription charges lists and abolish charges for people with long-term conditions.

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