SNP PARLIAMENTARY CANDIDATES HIGHLIGHT ABOLISHED PRESCRIPTION CHARGES FOR WEST LOTHIAN
SNP Candidates Fiona Hyslop (Linlithgow) and Angela Constance (Livingston) have marked the abolition of prescription charges by the Scottish Government.
As of April 1st, patients from West Lothian will not have to pay for their prescriptions.
Commenting Fiona Hyslop said:
“Prescription charges are an unfair tax on ill-health and I am delighted that the SNP Government has abolished prescription charges.
“Although everyone without exemptions must pay the charge, it is those who suffer from potentially fatal conditions and do not qualify for exemptions that have suffered the most.”
Angela Constance added;
“In 2007, prescription charges cost £6.85. Prescription charges can also be a barrier to good health and by introducing this remarkable tax on ill health, it will result in the simplest and most effective way of providing faster relief for those with chronic conditions.”
“This extremely welcome development is another example of the SNP in Government delivering its promises to the people of West Lothian.