To: Jeremy Hunt

Make Asthma medications exempt from NHS prescription charges.

Make Asthma medications exempt from NHS prescription charges.

Make Asthma medications exempt from NHS prescription charges.

Why is this important?

Like other life threatening conditions, unless medicated the risk of a simple Asthma attack turning into something much more serious, this is why many rely on their medications on a daily basis, like Diabetes for example.

I am proposing that those with Asthma who have had it for an established amount of time should be made exempt from charges.

Currently Asthma patients have to pay for prescriptions regarding their much needed medication. This charge is separate per inhaler, so many sufferers including myself have to pay almost £8 every month minimum for medication which is needed for emergency situations including asthma attacks, which are a serious life threatening condition.

There are 5.4 million people with asthma in the UK. This means asthma affects one in five households, a majority include the vulnerable, those with pre-existing health conditions, including the elderly and young children, many of which have to sustain this condition for life.

Each year, many people die from this condition. Infact statistics for 2011 showed that there were 1,167 deaths from asthma in the UK alone (18 of these were children aged 14 and under), according to Asthma UK.

This is not acceptable. There are no doubt cases where people cannot afford to pay this monthly charge and therefore risk not having an inhaler with them, which could lead to hospital admission which costs the NHS more than what a yearly prescription would cost. Now imagine how those figures would drop if medication was made free to those suffering from this condition.

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Reasons for signing

  • Yes i have asthma and have been since birth. I have had many attacks and without a doubt they are scary. I do believe that people who have any medical condition and can't pay should have free prescriptions. I also believe that people who haven't had a medical condition from birth such as diabetes but now suffer with it regardless of how it was caused shouldn't have to pay either. Nobody deserves to suffer from a medical condition just because they can't afford it.
  • As an asthma sufferer since birth I've had many attacks over the years. Diabetics get free prescriptions when certain types are self inflicted so i don't see why those people should get a free pass for mistreating their bodies when others who haven't have to suffer. You can live without a limb but you cannot live if you cannot breathe...
  • diabetics get free prescriptions and a lot of those are due to life style choices. i need i halers to breath. asthma for me is not a life style choice is a necessity to live

Updates

2016-08-25 21:13:38 +0100

Press have been contacted regarding the petition and there is a lot of interest kicking around now, i will be working hard to gather as many supporters as possible, im sorry for being so quiet but your support is making waves.

Kind Regards.

Craig.

2015-03-19 21:26:59 +0000

20,000 signatures reached

2015-03-16 23:42:02 +0000

10,000 signatures reached

2015-03-15 08:08:01 +0000

5,000 signatures reached

2015-03-12 20:14:59 +0000

1,000 signatures reached

2015-03-11 21:11:02 +0000

500 signatures reached

2014-11-25 12:38:42 +0000

100 signatures reached

2014-05-07 18:39:25 +0100

50 signatures reached

2014-05-07 06:44:36 +0100

25 signatures reached

2014-05-06 21:48:53 +0100

10 signatures reached