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Petition to end prescription charges for people with long-term conditions

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June 2018 will see the 50 year anniversary of the medical exemption list, which grants people with some health conditions free prescriptions whilst excluding many others.

Many people living with a long-term condition such as lupus are already on a lower income; a survey of LUPUS UK members revealed that only 15% of individuals worked full-time with over 50% receiving some form of benefits. For those not entitled to free prescriptions it can mean tough choices such as heating the house or paying for medicine.

In a survey by the Prescription Charges Coalition, a third of people with long-term conditions of working age revealed that they have not collected a prescription due to cost. This often leads to a deterioration in their health, and can mean extra GP appointments, hospital admissions, and time off work – all potentially costing the NHS and society more.

It’s time the system was changed. England is the only part of the UK that charges for prescriptions. It’s time that everyone with a long-term condition has access to free prescriptions.

To sign the petition calling on the government to urgently reform the prescription charge exemption criteria in England, and make prescriptions free for people living with long-term conditions, please follow the link below;

e-activist.com/page/19623/p...

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Signed Paul, thank you.

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Paul_HowardPartner in reply to LupusKaren

Thank you LupusKaren :)

It would make such a difference for me. I am currently paying £10.40 a month for the PPC. It is such a lot of money for me. I may work 5 days a week but its pro rota in a school so works out at nothing.

I wish we could get something like this started in the US. The general political climate is "Too poor to get meds? Shoulda thought of that before you got sick, suckers!"

Oi.

Signed and shared👍🏼

Diane x

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Paul_HowardPartner in reply to ExtremeDuvetDaze

Thank you ExtremeDuvetDaze :)

Signed and shared Thanks

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Paul_HowardPartner in reply to suebeedoo

Thank you suebeedoo :)

Signed and shared thank you

Hi Paul I’m curly I’m from Scotland so I get free this is probably the only bonus of stay way up here as I’m to far away to join any groups or meetings but I did sign it for you we are one nation so should all be free that’s why it’s called the UK all one country

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Paul_HowardPartner in reply to Curly1430

Thank you Curly1430 :)

Signed and shared

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Paul_HowardPartner in reply to Buffy14

Thank you Buffy14 :)

I would certainly love to sign this petition. I live in the USA. I don't think my signing would help at all.

I agree

I pay £10.40 per month direct debit to order as much meds as i need which is great. However i just signed and shared to fb

I signed even though I'm from Scotland. Julie.

Signed Paul , thanks

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