Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Free prescriptions for everyone in Wales

FROM April 1st patients in Bridgend and across Wales will no longer have to pay for NHS prescriptions thanks to the Welsh Assembly Government.

I voted for the move yesterday by the Labour Assembly Government that would see all charges for NHS prescriptions in Wales dropped.

This is great news for all patients in Bridgend and will benefit young families and the elderly. But the news is especially important for patients with chronic illnesses such as Asthma and Cystic Fibrosis, who need constant medication.

Making prescriptions free for the most vulnerable patients will see the cost of their care dramatically reduced and will make them more likely to take the medication they need.

Free prescriptions is the best and simplest way of reducing health inequalities in places like Bridgend and ensuring that everyone in our communities can access the healthcare that they deserve.

This Welsh Labour policy is unique to Wales and shows that Labour is delivering on our promise to abolish prescriptions charges. You can trust Labour to deliver for the people of Bridgend but free prescriptions would not be safe in an Assembly led by a Tory coalition, who FAILED to vote for free prescriptions today. A vote for Labour in this May’s Assembly election is a vote to keep prescriptions free for all.



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