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Bath MP & Council Cabinet Member protest unfair cystic fibrosis prescription charges

June 1, 2023 by Don Foster MP in Don in Bath, News

Don Foster, MP for Bath and Lib Dem Cllr. Simon Allen, B&NES Cabinet Member for Wellbeing, are campaigning to have cystic fibrosis (CF) added to the list of medical conditions that are exempt from prescription charges.

Currently, the Department of Health’s exemption list includes a range of conditions such as diabetes, epilepsy and cancer treatments but does not extend to the relatively small number of CF sufferers in the UK.

Don and a number of MPs from all parties have signed Early Day Motion (EDM) no. 1 that states “people with cystic fibrosis should not have to pay prescription charges”.

Commenting, Don Foster MP said:

“Having seen firsthand the terrible effect CF has on sufferers in Bath, I firmly believe that the condition should be on the list of conditions exempted from prescription charges. The debilitating impact CF has on sufferers is comparable in many ways to those with conditions currently on the list, so I see no reason why it should remain excluded.”

Cllr. Simon Allen added:

“Bath and North East Somerset Council are committed to reducing Heath inequalities across our community and fully support this campaign to add those who experience CF to the list of those who don’t have to pay prescription charges. CF has a significant impact on a person’s life and it makes no sense at all that this group of people should be excluded from these exemptions.”

Claire Francis, Policy Manager at the Cystic Fibrosis Trust said:

“There are around 3000 people with CF in England who have to pay for their prescriptions. A small amount compared to the number of people with conditions that do not have to pay for prescriptions, like diabetes. The CFT is therefore calling for the condition to be treated on an equal basis with the other debilitating illnesses on the exemption list and urges the government to bring England in line with the other devolved nations and give free prescriptions to people with CF.”