Tories Commitment to Free Prescriptions Exposed as Paper Thin

By Reporter, The HighLand Times, Monday February 12 2018

The Tories commitment to free prescriptions has been exposed as paper thin, after the party suggested that charges should be introduced for some medicine - less than a year after ditching their long-standing opposition to free prescriptions.

The U-turn, ahead of last year’s election, came despite the Tories previously describing free prescriptions as “politically irresponsible and a drain on public resources”.

Responding to a new report by the Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partnership proposing that certain free prescriptions should be scrapped in Aberdeenshire, Tory MSP Annie Wells supported scrapping free prescriptions for drugs that are “available cheaply over the counter.”

The report recommends that patients should lose free prescriptions for supplements Glucosamine and Chondroitin, which are used by some people to treat certain symptoms of osteoarthritis, and also suggested a “de-prescribing strategy” should be put in place to take patients off certain medicines.

Registered mental health nurse Clare Haughey MSP (pictured) said:

“The Tories, yet again, are all over the place.

“Just weeks after their health spokesperson suggested charging Scots to use the NHS, they’ve now changed their minds again on free prescriptions.

“It’s been less than a year since their embarrassing U-turn to apparently support free prescriptions, which was clearly nothing more than shallow electioneering – and now they are calling for the reintroduction of a tax on ill health.

“Ruth Davidson’s toxic Tory party simply cannot be trusted with our NHS.”



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