Julie Elliott MP

Standing up for Sunderland Central

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Patients with serious illnesses are being punished

One in three people with long-term medical conditions have not collected their medicines due to prescription costs.


A great many patients also report missing doses to make their prescriptions last longer. This is just not acceptable.

Modern medical advances mean that the exemption list for NHS prescriptions is out of date. It is now time for a change.

Many of my constituents have expressed concerns over prescription costs. People with life-threatening illnesses such as asthma, lupus and heart disease all have to pay for their medication.

Those who have suffered a stroke also face prescription charges, as do people with mental health issues, Parkinson’s, inflammatory bowel disease, fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis.

It is just not right that people are being forced to choose between paying for things like food and bills or picking up the medication that they rely on.

** https://www.sunderlandecho.com/news/health/julie-elliott-mp-patients-with-a-serious-illness-are-being-penalised-1-9197598

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