Tuesday, 12 April 2011
Tory tax on cancer patients
Voters across Pentlands have been emailing asking me to support various cancer charities election campaigns. I am more than happy to do that - the work of the CRUK and Macmillan amongst others is well respected. What I was surprised to hear was the Scottish Tories want to re-introduce prescription charges at £5 per prescription. For a woman in Colinton, recovering from breast cancer, this could mean a multiple prescription each week for five years until they get the all clear. That is thousands of pounds that the Tories want to charge people in Scotland with cancer - despite the fact prescription drugs are free for cancer patients in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Shocking.
Posted by Ricky Henderson at 12:57