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Please sign the online petition to abolish prescription charges for Asthma medication

Please click on the below link or copy and paste it in your browser's address bar and sign up to the petition to abolish prescription charges for asthma medications on the government's e-petitions website.


Many thanks!

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Thanks for highlighting the petition. Have dutifully signed.


done it


Sorted !!

Thank you for pointing it out. The petition needs lots more signatures.

Cathy xx


is this another petition or the same one that was around previously??

becaus eim sure i ahve already signed one???



Now signed up.

Cheers for that



Have done my bit tooo!!



You are right. Martin Harris posted a link to a similar petition on 20 December 2007. That petition is still live with a deadline for signing of 18 March. It states ""The last time the list of medical conditions giving prescription charge exemption was updated was in 1968, we call upon the government to now review this list."" It currently shows as having only 31 signatures. The link follows:-


Perhaps everyone would like to sign both, if they have not already.



Using E-Petitions to help asthma suffers

Since the Government's push on the e-petition site has recently been getting lots of coverage I thought it would be good to see what asthma related petitions have been added. So far 1. I'm sure that everyone who uses these forums has thoughts on what changes they would like to see.

Here is the most recent addition to the ongoing suggestion to abolish PX charges on asthma inhalers:


If anyone has other ideas that should be petitioned in the House of Commons add it! :)


Thanks for updating this - I've just signed the one you gave the link for. Only 39 (or possibly now 40) signatures, so think some re-signing would be helpful - has AUK drawn attention to this petition, or can they, on the main site?


I'll stick it on their Facebook page too. That should get some more people signing. Good to be doing something to take my mind off the chest infection I've developed!


Good idea! Hope your chest infection gets better soon.


i signed one in past but realistically unless they set a certain level of meds for asthma free prescriptions i can't see it ever happening as too many people are given blue inhalers even for short space time therefore you would prob find that majority of people would claim they should get free precriptions. looking at the other side of arguement when you can get a pre payment card for 12 months and onl;y need 14 itemsin that timescale i think i for one get off quite lightly as have 15-16 items in month. thats not to say wouldn't like them free but think they would need to say you need to be under the care of hosp con not just gp to qualify.


this has been suggested before and looked at and if we are honest it's not practical. Anyone on just the reliever inhalers should be excluded on pure cost and user base, but think about the cost of the inhalers and lost revenue from prescriptions, something would go and its been said that asthma nurses in many cases would go. I used to think free prescriptons was the way, but when you consider the Pre payment certificate is cheap and it saves the nurses then i'm not in favour of free prescriptions for anyone, and if no one had free prescriptions, then the basic price could fall, and I did see a government model last year saying something along those lines, and then the pre payment certificate costs could come down also.


Hmm, not sure this will go anywhere either unfortunately but the current system is very unbalanced. Where does the £20 spend on the petition come from? If anyone needs more info on prepayment prescriptions etc nhsbsa.nhs.uk/1127.aspx

Why should Scotland, Wales, N'Ireland get free prescriptions for all & should the upper age be 60 now in England?

I do think that the current condition exemptions are limited i.e. not covering asthma, inflammatory bowel disease, cystic fibrosis...

*A permanent fistula (for example caecostomy, colostomy, laryngostomy or ileostomy) requiring continuous surgical dressing or requiring an appliance

*A form of hypoadrenalism (for example Addison's disease) for which specific substitution therapy is essential

*Diabetes insipidus or other forms of hypopituitarism & Diabetes mellitus, except where treatment is by diet alone


Myasthenia gravis

*Myxoedema (that is, hypothyroidism requiring thyroid hormone replacement)

*Epilepsy requiring continuous anticonvulsive therapy

*A continuing physical disability which means the person cannot go out without the help of another person.

*Or are undergoing treatment for cancer


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