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.

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