West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper is urging people to take part in the Government’s consultation on aligning the upper age for NHS prescription exemptions with State Pension age.
Currently, people qualify for free NHS prescriptions when they turn 60. The Government consultation seeks the public’s view on whether this should be brought in line with the state pension age, so that only those aged 66 and over will qualify for the free prescriptions.
Rosie Cooper MP said:
“It is vital that everyone takes part in this consultation to fight this change! The Government is again trying to save itself money by turning its back on the over 60s.
“Even simply consulting on this shows the clear lack of care and compassion that the Tories have for this age group. If they could get away with it, I have no doubt they would scrap free prescriptions altogether!
“This change will be a double whammy for WASPI Women, who have already had their state pension snatched from them and now may be forced to pay for NHS Prescriptions as well! Are no publicly funded free services safe?“
“It is deeply disturbing that if this goes ahead, it will result in people being not taking prescribed medication because they can’t afford it! We need to send a clear message to the Government that free NHS Prescriptions for overs 60s is not up for debate!”
You can respond to the consultation any time until 26 August 2021 by visiting: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/aligning-the-upper-age-for-nhs-prescription-charge-exemptions-with-the-state-pension-age