Prescription charges fight

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Prescription charges in England have been increased by 20p from £8.20 to £8.40. A 20p increase may not seem much but the reality is that people with asthma tell us they’ve had to choose between paying for their prescriptions and paying for food, fuel and household bills.

Any barrier to life-saving medication has the potential to put the lives of millions people with asthma at risk, and people with asthma shouldn’t be forced to pay for the prescriptions they need. We are continuing with our campaign to put an end to prescription charges for everyone with a long-term condition as part of the Prescription Charges Coalition.

Until prescription charges are ended, we want the Government to raise awareness of schemes such as the Prescription Prepayment Certificates (PPC). PPCs are effectively prescription ‘season tickets’ which save money for patients who are regularly prescribed a number of prescription items.

If you would like further information on PPCs, please call our expert asthma nurse Helpline on 0300 2225800 and sign up to our free email newsletter at: www.asthma.org.uk/sign-up to hear how you can take action and keep up to date on this and other Asthma UK campaigns.

If you are having an attack and your reliever inhaler is not helping, you should always call 999. Do not to be afraid to call for help if you think that you need it.

Kay Boycott

Chief executive, Asthma UK