Chair of the RPS English Board Sandra Gidley was interviewed this morning by BBC Radio Stoke about the consequences of prescription charges in England.
Describing the medical exemption system set up nearly 50 years ago as a ‘medical lottery’, Sandra highlighted the unfair and arbitrary nature of the exemptions, which mean some people of working age pay for their medicines whilst others receive them for free.
The RPS is a member of the Prescription Charges Coalition
, a group of over 40 organisations campaigning to end prescription charges for people with long term medical conditions. Research from the Coalition
shows that over one third of people with long term conditions report that the cost of their medication had prevented them from taking it as prescribed, and three quarters of those reported that this had affected their ability to work.
You can listen to Sandra's interview here: