National Pharmacy Association responds to prescription charge abolition in Scotland

The National Pharmacy Association has welcomed the news that Scotland has joined Northern Ireland and Wales in abolishing prescription fees. This leaves England as the only part of the UK to charge for them.  

Nanette Kerr, Director of Pharmacy at the National Pharmacy Association said:

“We welcome the news that from today, people in Scotland will no longer have to pay for their prescriptions. Prescription charges deter many people from getting medicines which their doctor prescribes. Patients on low fixed incomes who do not qualify for exemption suffer the most.

It is therefore disappointing that people in England will see prescription charges rise to £7.40 today. From a pharmacist’s point of view, processing prescription levies is part of the job that adds workload but no patient benefit.

Pharmacists, like other health care professionals, experience great pressures on their time and any release of time could be used to enhance patient care.”

Sarah White, Press Officer 01727 795901

The NPA is the UK’s leading trade body for community pharmacy.  Its core purpose is to represent, support and protect the interests of all community pharmacy across the UK.