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Survey on prescription charges

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As proud members of the Prescription Charges Coalition, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and Pharmacist Defence Association are asking pharmacists to complete a short survey about their experience of patients declining to have prescriptions dispensed because of the cost. Your response will help the coalition as the coalition calls on the Government to scrap prescription charges for people with long-term conditions.

The Prescription Charges Coalition is primarily made up of patient organisations representing those who require medicines to be prescribed because of their long-term medical conditions. All coalition members understand that if patients in England cannot afford their prescriptions, the consequences of individuals not receiving their prescribed medicines can increase costs for the NHS because their health may deteriorate as a result.

For example, research published by the York Health Economics Consortium found that abolishing prescription charges for people with just two of the long-term conditions represented in the coalition - Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis) and Parkinson’s - would save the NHS over £20 million a year.

As part of our ongoing support for the coalition, we are asking pharmacists about their experience of patients partially or fully declining to have prescriptions dispensed because of the cost. Please complete this survey if you have practised in England within the last 12 months.

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A review of the exemptions list for prescription charges would be a welcome step and the RPS believes the Government should go further to ultimately abolish prescription charges altogether. This is just one topic in our new general election manifesto.

Complete the survey.

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