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Volume 455: debated on Monday 8 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will provide free prescriptions to chronic asthmatics. (109973)

The Government have announced that they will undertake a review of prescription charges and report the outcome of this review by the summer recess 2007. This review will include options to:

revising the list of medical exemptions to prescription charges;

introducing a flat rate prescription charge with no exemptions; and

basing exemption to prescription charges solely on income.

These options will be considered on the basis that any changes to prescription charge exemptions, if implemented, are cost-neutral for the national health service.