Patients urge PM to act on free scrips

Patients with long-term conditions have taken part in a simultaneous phone call to urge Gordon Brown to abolish prescription charges for people in England with long-term conditions.

At 11am on Monday 1 February  the patients, pictured, simultaneously telephoned 10 Downing Street to call on the prime minister to act.

Gordon Brown promised to deliver free scrips for people with long-term conditions at Labour's conference in September 2008.

In December, Healthcare Republic exclusively revealed concerns that plans to scrap prescription charges in England for patients with long-term conditions may fall by the wayside in the build-up to the general election.

Prescriptions are already free in Wales and charges are set to be abolished in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

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