Sign our open letter to #FreezeTheCharge for 2024 and 2025
We are calling for the prescription charge to be frozen for 2024 and 2025, so that people with with long-term conditions can live well. Please add your name to our open letter, which you can read below.
The letter The Prescription Charges Coalition, which represents over 50 organisations, is asking the Minister for Primary Care and Public Health to freeze the prescription charge in 2024 and 2025 in England.
Each individual prescription item costs £9.65, and at a time when living costs are increasing, working age people with long-term conditions are being forced daily to choose between heating, eating and taking their vital medication. Living with a long-term health condition or disability often adds to the cost of living. Many need more heating to stay well and extra electricity to power assistive technology devices.
We are deeply concerned that a further rise in the charge this year will lead to people skipping or not taking the full dose of their medication, and we fear this will make them sicker and put more pressure on the already under pressure NHS.
In 2023, research from the Coalition found that nearly 10% of respondents had skipped medication in the past year due to the cost of prescriptions and this increased their physical and mental health problems, as well as impacted the time they took off work. Although there is an exemption list, many life-altering conditions like Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, arthritis, asthma, cystic fibrosis, motor neurone disease and HIV who require multiple medications a day to stay well, are excluded. Ultimately the Prescription Charges Coalition wants the UK government to review the unfair exemption list. For 2024 and 2025, we urge the Minister for Primary Care and Public Health to freeze the prescription charge in England to keep people with long-term conditions well and reduce the burden on the NHS.
Click the button below to add your name to the open letter.