Campaigns. It is important that I continue to know the strength of feeling on an issue and I prefer to respond to every inquiry, but the sheer size of campaign correspondence means that it is hard to justify to the tax payer the cost and time taken for individual written replies, so regrettably I will no longer reply to every item of campaign correspondence.  I will  post a response to the campaign on the "Responses to campaigns" page of my website.

I am sorry to do this, as it is rather impersonal, but can see no other way of maintaining a good service for all my constituents unless I approach campaigns this way.


15 MAR 2019

Asthma Prescription Charges

Thank you very much for taking the tie to email me about asthma prescription charges.

I think it is time for a review of the exemptions list as there are a number of anomalies.

I do have some sympathy with this request as I know that the list was predominantly drawn up in 1968 with cancer being the latest addition. However, the Department of Health continues to feel that appropriate measures have been put in place to ensure that prescriptions remain accessible and affordable.

Many people are already eligible for free prescriptions and you can see the full list of who is entitled to these here

I do support the Prescription Prepayment Certificate (PPC) scheme , which at least sets a limit to the costs for people who require frequent prescriptions. If you regularly pay prescription charges, a PPC will usually save money.

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