SIGNIFICANT SAVINGS FOR FALKIRK DISTRICT TAXPAYERS AFTER SIX YEARS OF FREE PRESCRIPTIONS
Tuesday, 04 April 2017 10:37
TAXPAYERS SAVING £160 A YEAR THANKS TO UNIVERSAL POLICY
Falkirk district taxpayers are making significant savings on prescriptions compared with their counterparts south of the border, after calculations revealed that people in the NHS Forth Valley area are saving up to £160 a year on average on their medication when compared with patients across health boards in England after six years of the free prescription policy.
The Tories at Westminster recently announced a hike in prescription charges to £8.60, which came into effect on Saturday 1st April, six years to the day since charges were abolished altogether in Scotland. The SNP remains committed to ensuring that those facing illness do not have to choose between medication and other necessities such as food or heating their homes by protecting free prescriptions.
The average number of prescriptions taken out by patients across the NHS Forth Valley area each year is 19, which, if charged at the rate that has come into force in England today, would cost people £163.40 a year.
Commenting, SNP MSP Angus MacDonald, said:
“The SNP’s flagship free prescriptions policy has been an overwhelming success and is one of the reasons that people continue to put their trust in the SNP after nearly 10 years in Government.
“We have removed a significant financial burden on people who are sick or suffering from long term illness – meaning that they don’t have to prioritise heating their homes or feeding their families over their health.
“The SNP is firmly committed to providing public services that are free at the point of use – with action taken to abolish prescription charges, tuition fees, charges at NHS-run hospital car parks and bridge tolls, protection of free eye tests, investment in childcare and a firm commitment to build even more affordable housing.
“While the Tories at Westminster charge sick people a small fortune for vital medication, and the Tories at Holyrood campaign for tax cuts for the wealthiest in our society, the SNP remains committed to ensuring that people receive the medication that they need, without charge, when they need it.”