The Scottish Parliament’s Health Committee passed legislation on Thursday to scrap prescription charges in Scotland.
The move follows a gradual reduction of prescription charges in Scotland over recent years. In 2007, a single item prescription cost £6.85. This was lowered to £5 in 2008/09 and £3 in 2009/10.
Party leader Alex Salmond said the move will ensure cost does not become a barrier to patients accessing prescription medication.
He said: ‘At time of economic difficult the last people we should be penalising are the sick. We want to move towards restoring the NHS to its founding principles: healthcare that’s free at the point of delivery and based on clinical need, not the ability to pay.’
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