Archive for December, 2008

Abolish prescription charges – model resolution for union conferences

December 5, 2008

As part of the continuing campaign for the abolition of NHS prescription charges in all of the UK we are asking trades unionists to move a resolution to their national union conferences. Below is a model resolution. Please let us know if you manage to get your union branch to pass the resolution for forwarding to your national conference. We will providea briefing for any delegates who will be moving the resolution at their conference/AGM.


End NHS Prescription Charges in all of the UK

This conference welcomes the campaign of Swindon TUC for abolition of NHS prescription charges in all of the UK (https://abolishprescriptioncharges.wordpress.com ). Despite the concessions made by the government in response to the campaign by a range of organisations, some patients in England face continuation of the charges. Charges have already been abolished in Wales and are being phased out in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

It makes no sense for a shrinking number of people in only one of the four countries comprising the UK to have to continue paying the charges whilst they are abolished for everybody else.

We believe that this injustice must be brought to an end. The (union name) will campaign for an end to charges in all of the UK. So long as they remain in place then it cannot be said that treatment in the NHS is free at the point of use.

Government review of prescription charges

December 5, 2008

In October the government announced two concessions in relation to NHS prescription charges:

  • the exemption of cancer patients from charges from April of 2009 and

  • the exemption from charges for people with “long term conditions”, sometime “over the next few years”.

The latter concession was dependent on savings in the NHS drugs budget which the government was hoping to make from negotiations with the big drugs companies. (more…)