I joined NRAS earlier this summer as the new Government Affairs Officer. NRAS has a strong reputation as the voice of people with RA in the UK - as such we are pleased to represent people with RA on various coalitions and policy groups with other charities.
This week I met with other members of the Prescription Charges Coalition to discuss plans for the next few years with a new government now in place. The status of prescription charges in Northern Ireland is a hot topic at the moment and so will be one issue to focus on. Putting aside longer term aspirations of either widening charge exemption in England to all long-term conditions or indeed universal abolition of charges as in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, we discussed the intermediary steps we could take to make prescription charges more manageable for people. Ideas included the promotion of Pre-payment Certificates and a move towards prescribing for longer than 28 days.
I'm interested to hear your thoughts, for those of you in England I would be especially interested to hear at what point you were told about pre-payment certificates and by whom.
I'd like to widen participation in our policy and public affairs work and just one way of doing that is to post updates here on health unlocked. You can find out more in the campaigns area of our website: nras.org.uk/campaign