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Severely And Terminally Ill Patients

Volume 977: debated on Tuesday 29 January 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services, in view of the financial distress experienced by those families who need a continual supply of medicines for a member of the family who is severely or terminally ill, if he will take steps to introduce a special allowance payable to such families.

Apart from the fact that not all seriously, or terminally, ill people require a lot of medicines, there would be great difficulties in working out a fair method of identifying such cases. I am content, however, that the current arrangements for exemption from prescription charges and the availability of prepayment certificates—season tickets—ensures that no one need suffer financial distress.