The Prescription Charges Coalition of 30 organisations and charities, are extremely disappointed to hear that the Government has announced a further 20p per item increase in prescription charges to £8.05 from 1st April 2014 in England. Worse still, the charge will rise to £8.25 from April 2015.
In response, Crohn’s and Colitis UK Chief Executive David Barker, lead organisation for the Prescription Charges Coalition said today:
“Millions of people with long-term conditions will be bitterly disappointed by the Government’s short-sighted decision to put up the cost of their essential medicines by 40p over the next two years.
“Already, over one third of people in work with a long-term condition find it hard to pay for their prescriptions and are rationing or stopping taking their medicines, compromising their health. These unfair, outdated and inequitable charges are forcing more people with long term heath conditions into medicine poverty and we continue to call for the government to follow the strong example set by the other UK countries and abolish prescription charges for people with long term chronic health conditions”.
Help support our campaign by signing our online petition, calling on the Government to end prescription charges for everyone in England with a long-term condition. The Coalition has also written a report, examining the impact of prescription charges on work.
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