If you live in Northern Ireland, and want to have your say on the proposed reintroduction of prescription charges, you can go to one of the following public meetings:
It is our strongly held view that people with long-term conditions in Northern Ireland would be disadvantaged by the reintroduction of prescription charges and some may be unable to afford their medicines, potentially leading to poor health, increased hospital admissions and lower productivity.
We do not think it is right to consider prescription charges in the context of access to new specialist medicines, as is being done in Northern Ireland. Governments can choose how to raise revenue and support the availability of specialist medicines. The Prescription Charges Coalition do not believe it is appropriate, reasonable or fair to do this at the expense of those with long-term conditions and will be responding accordingly to the consultation.
You can register your views in response to the consultation at this link.
It will be particularly powerful if you can describe the difference not having to pay for prescription has made to the management of your condition. How would paying prescription charges impact on you financially? You may want to mention other charges or expenses you pay that are associated with your health condition, to explain why your medication is important to you and the role it plays in keeping you well
Prescription charges in England go up to £8.20 tomorrow - having risen for 35 out of the last 36 years.
We have condemned the increase, which is likely to worsen the significant impact charges already have on people with long-term conditions in England. The current system of exemptions for prescription charges has not changed since 1968 and is outdated, arbitrary and unfair.
The Prescription Charges coalition is calling for everyone with a long-term condition to be exempt from charges so that they can manage their condition effectively and get on with their lives.
Here you'll find information about the Prescription Charges Coalition's latest activities