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FREE PRESCRIPTIONS FOR THE CHRONICALLY ILL

EDM (Early Day Motion) 1469A1: tabled on 19 June 2002

Tabled in the 2001-02 session.

This motion has been signed by 13 Members. It is an amendment to an existing motion.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

This is an amendment to an existing motion

This motion was originally tabled by Mr Paul Marsden on 18 June 2002. This is amendment number 1.

View details of the original motion

Suggested amendment

at end add 'as a move towards the principles propounded by Nye Bevan.'.

Original motion text

That this House notes that the existence of prescription charges is a serious barrier to access to health care, particularly for those suffering from chronic conditions such as asthma, cystic fibrosis, Parkinson's disease and multiple sclerosis; further notes that the regulations specifying conditions that qualify for exemption have not changed since 1968 and that the Wanless Report described the current situation as 'not logical, nor rooted in the principles of the NHS'; also notes that the Government, in opposition, said that 'we will seek to provide free medication as part of ongoing or long-term requirements' but that they have failed to do so; and calls upon Government to fulfil this commitment and to extend the provision of free presciptions to all those with long-term medical conditions.