House of Commons
LONG-TERM CONDITIONS AND PRESCRIPTION CHARGES
EDM #82
Tabled 28 June 2017
2017-19 Session
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.

Signatures (50)

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
29 June 2017
Brown, Alan
Scottish National Party
10 July 2017
Cameron, Dr Lisa
Scottish National Party
11 July 2017
Campbell, Mr Ronnie
Labour
05 July 2017
Chapman, Douglas
Scottish National Party
09 October 2017
Charalambous, Bambos
Labour
13 July 2017
Crausby, Sir David
Labour
20 July 2017
Crawley, Angela
Scottish National Party
11 July 2017
Cunningham, Mr Jim
Labour
29 June 2017
Davies, Geraint
Labour
20 July 2017
Drew, Dr David
Labour
29 June 2017
Esterson, Bill
Labour
20 July 2017
Farron, Tim
Liberal Democrat
23 May 2018
Gapes, Mike
Labour
29 June 2017
George, Ruth
Labour
05 July 2017
Godsiff, Mr Roger
Labour
11 July 2017
Grady, Patrick
Scottish National Party
17 July 2017
Green, Kate
Labour
12 July 2017
Hardy, Emma
Labour
05 July 2017
Hermon, Lady
Independent
04 July 2017
Hill, Mike
Labour
04 July 2017
Howarth, Mr George
Labour
23 May 2018
Jones, Graham P
Labour
29 June 2017
Lamb, Norman
Liberal Democrat
05 September 2017
Lewis, Clive
Labour
29 June 2017
Lucas, Caroline
Green Party
29 June 2017
Martin, Sandy
Labour
09 October 2017
McCabe, Steve
Labour
13 July 2017
McDonald, Stuart C.
Scottish National Party
10 July 2017
Mearns, Ian
Labour
24 May 2018
Morris, Grahame
Labour
23 May 2018
Perkins, Toby
Labour
31 January 2018
Sheppard, Tommy
Scottish National Party
10 July 2017
Simpson, David
Democratic Unionist Party
29 June 2017
Skinner, Mr Dennis
Labour
03 July 2017
Smeeth, Ruth
Labour
05 July 2017
Snell, Gareth
Labour
05 July 2017
Stephens, Chris
Scottish National Party
29 June 2017
Timms, Stephen
Labour
29 June 2017
Vaz, Keith
Labour
17 July 2017
Western, Matt
Labour
04 July 2017
Whitford, Dr Philippa
Scottish National Party
17 July 2017
Williamson, Chris
Labour
04 September 2018
Zeichner, Daniel
Labour
04 July 2017
There are no withdrawn signatures for this Motion