Free prescriptions: Government addresses plea to extend conditions eligible for support

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The petition has exceeded the 10,000 signatures needed for an official response, with 18,689 signatures at the time of writing.

As such, the Government has issued further insight into the matter.

It said: “The Government understands the immense challenges faced by those living with chronic or long-term conditions, often having to limit their lifestyles through no choice of their own, as well as the impact on their loved ones. 

“We recognise that many patients with these conditions may need many prescription items to manage their health needs.

“While not everyone qualifies for free NHS prescriptions there are a broad range of NHS prescription charge exemptions in place in England to help those patients with the greatest need, to ensure that prescriptions are affordable.


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