Layla Moran MP has joined with Chemist+Druggist (Community Pharmacy News) to call for prescription charges to be scrapped for the duration of the coronavirus crisis.
The call follows conversations with NHS professionals and community pharmacists, who are struggling even more, as isolated patients now require deliveries of medication.
Pharmacists argue that time spent administrating the levy and taking payments over the phone would be better spent securing and providing medication to vulnerable patients.
The current prescription charge rose yesterday, to £9.15 per item.
Lib Dem MP Layla Moran commented:
“Rather than raising prescription charges, the Government should immediately suspend them for the duration of this crisis. It is the right and compassionate thing to do at a time when so many people are worried about their health. People with underlying conditions, who are isolating at home, do not need the additional stress of ringing up and waiting in a queue to pay over the phone.
“Scrapping the charge would also greatly help pharmacists, who are overwhelmed and stretched, yet still working on the frontline of this crisis to ensure people get their medication. Their energy and efforts at this time should be used to source and provide medication for their patients, rather than administrating these charges."