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Patients skipping medication due to cost

A bombshell survey of 4,000 patients with long term conditions has revealed that one in ten skip medications due to cost.

This has led to almost a THIRD of those developing secondary health issues and over HALF taking sick days, heaping a bigger financial burden on employers and the NHS, which is already at breaking point.

The stark findings are from the Prescription Charges Coalition, which brings together around 50 organisations and professional bodies to campaign to scrap prescription charges in England for people with long term conditions. SIA is a member of the Coalition.

The Coalition say that medication is still unaffordable for many, and is calling on the UK Government to urgently review the charges so people don’t have to stop their medication, cut tablets in half or prioritise picking up certain prescriptions, due to the crippling cost of living. England is the only UK country where some people still have to pay for their medicines.