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Anger over Gordon Brown’s failure to implement free prescriptions pledge

January 24, 2010

Chronically ill to protest against plan being put back until after general election

    Gordon Brown is facing a backlash from charities representing up to 15 million people with long-term health conditions after it emerged a promise to give them all free prescriptions is likely to be shelved until after the general election.

    The prime minister made the pledge to people with conditions such as asthma, heart disease, diabetes and depression in his speech at the Labour party conference in September 2008. Instead of implementing the change for all those patients, it is now expected to be included in the party’s manifesto.