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LONG-TERM CONDITIONS AND PRESCRIPTION CHARGES

EDM (Early Day Motion) 82: tabled on 28 June 2017

Tabled in the 2017-19 session.

This motion has been signed by 50 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

Motion text

That this House is aware that people with long-term conditions in England, such as heart disease, cystic fibrosis or multiple sclerosis still have to pay prescription charges unlike their counterparts in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland; notes that the medical exemption list of conditions that qualify people for free prescriptions in England today was compiled in 1968 and is based on the medical understandings and technology available nearly 50 years ago, with the exception of cancer, which is unique in having been added to the list in 2009; is deeply concerned by a recent Prescription Charges Coalition survey of 4,264 people with long-term conditions who have to pay for prescriptions which found that one-third of respondents did not collect a prescription due to the cost, while others skipped or reduced their recommended doses, with serious impacts on respondents' health resulting in additional treatment and time off work; recognises that the financial benefits of extending the medical exemption list to people with long-term conditions is likely to exceed the cost, which for 2015-16 would have been less than 0.5 per cent of the NHS budget, because of significant savings to be made for both the NHS wider economy if emergency admissions are avoided and work days and productivity are not lost; and urges the Government, as we approach the 50th anniversary of the medical exemption list, to review the list with a view to adding all long-term conditions in line with the Gilmore Report of 2009 on the Prescription Charges Review.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

Bottomley, Sir Peter
Conservative
Signed on 29 June 2017
Worthing West
Brown, Alan
Scottish National Party
Signed on 10 July 2017
Kilmarnock and Loudoun
Cameron, Dr Lisa
Scottish National Party
Signed on 11 July 2017
East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow
Campbell, Mr Ronnie
Labour
Signed on 5 July 2017
Blyth Valley
Chapman, Douglas
Scottish National Party
Signed on 9 October 2017
Dunfermline and West Fife
Charalambous, Bambos
Labour
Signed on 13 July 2017
Enfield, Southgate
Crausby, Sir David
Labour
Signed on 20 July 2017
Bolton North East
Crawley, Angela
Scottish National Party
Signed on 11 July 2017
Lanark and Hamilton East
Cunningham, Mr Jim
Labour
Signed on 29 June 2017
Coventry South
Davies, Geraint
Labour
Signed on 20 July 2017
Swansea West
Drew, Dr David
Labour
Signed on 29 June 2017
Stroud
Esterson, Bill
Labour
Signed on 20 July 2017
Sefton Central
Farron, Tim
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 23 May 2018
Westmorland and Lonsdale
Gapes, Mike
Labour
Signed on 29 June 2017
Ilford South
George, Ruth
Labour
Signed on 5 July 2017
High Peak
Godsiff, Mr Roger
Labour
Signed on 11 July 2017
Birmingham, Hall Green
Grady, Patrick
Scottish National Party
Signed on 17 July 2017
Glasgow North
Green, Kate
Labour
Signed on 12 July 2017
Stretford and Urmston
Hardy, Emma
Labour
Signed on 5 July 2017
Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle
Hermon, Lady
Independent
Signed on 4 July 2017
North Down
Hill, Mike
Labour
Signed on 4 July 2017
Hartlepool
Howarth, Mr George
Labour
Signed on 23 May 2018
Knowsley
Jones, Graham P
Labour
Signed on 29 June 2017
Hyndburn
Lamb, Norman
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 5 September 2017
North Norfolk
Lewis, Clive
Labour
Signed on 29 June 2017
Norwich South
Lucas, Caroline
Green Party
Signed on 29 June 2017
Brighton, Pavilion
Martin, Sandy
Labour
Signed on 9 October 2017
Ipswich
McCabe, Steve
Labour
Signed on 13 July 2017
Birmingham, Selly Oak
McDonald, Stuart C.
Scottish National Party
Signed on 10 July 2017
Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East
Mearns, Ian
Labour
Signed on 24 May 2018
Gateshead
Morris, Grahame
Labour
Signed on 23 May 2018
Easington
Perkins, Toby
Labour
Signed on 31 January 2018
Chesterfield
Sheppard, Tommy
Scottish National Party
Signed on 10 July 2017
Edinburgh East
Simpson, David
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 29 June 2017
Upper Bann
Skinner, Mr Dennis
Labour
Signed on 3 July 2017
Bolsover
Smeeth, Ruth
Labour
Signed on 5 July 2017
Stoke-on-Trent North
Snell, Gareth
Labour
Signed on 5 July 2017
Stoke-on-Trent Central
Stephens, Chris
Scottish National Party
Signed on 29 June 2017
Glasgow South West
Timms, Stephen
Labour
Signed on 29 June 2017
East Ham
Vaz, Keith
Labour
Signed on 17 July 2017
Leicester East
Western, Matt
Labour
Signed on 4 July 2017
Warwick and Leamington
Whitford, Dr Philippa
Scottish National Party
Signed on 17 July 2017
Central Ayrshire
Williamson, Chris
Labour
Signed on 4 September 2018
Derby North
Zeichner, Daniel
Labour
Signed on 4 July 2017
Cambridge

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.