This week we met with Rachael Maskell MP, a member of the Commons Health and Social Care Committee. Rachael met with us on behalf of the new Chair of the Committee, Steve Brine MP.
During the meeting, we were joined by Dr Aaron Brown who is a GP living with cystic fibrosis. He shared his thoughts about prescription charges for people with long-term conditions.
We discussed our call for a review of the outdated prescription charge exemption list and explored how the committee could amplify our voice. This is part of the Coalition’s wider work to increase the profile of our campaigning to scrap the charge for all people with long-term conditions.
At the meeting we shared stories of those who are choosing between missing their medication or buying everyday essentials. We stressed the inherent unfairness of the exemption list which leaves many people with long-term conditions in England paying for their medicines to stay alive and well.
We look forward to continuing to work with Rachael and the committee in the New Year.
I am a Public Affairs Officer at the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and have been involved with the Coalition for the last year.
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