Nicola Sturgeon restates free prescription pledge

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. Picture: PA

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. Picture: PA

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Nicola Sturgeon has said that medicines on the NHS “shouldn’t be a luxury, they are a necessity, and they should be free”, as she restated the SNP’s opposition to NHS prescriptions charges.

The First Minister repeated the SNP’s commitment to keep free NHS prescriptions if the party is re-elected on 5 May.

Ms Sturgeon made the pledge during a visit today to a pharmacy in Falkirk on the same day that prescription charges south of the Border increased by 20 pence from £8.20 to £8.40 per item.

Ms Sturgeon said: “Today highlights the importance of having an SNP government that puts fairness first is the only way to ensure we can protect these key social benefits.

“We’ve abolished prescription charges – and will resist any attempt from the Tories or any other party to re-introduce them.

“Free prescriptions make a huge difference to thousands of people and help the millions of people in Scotland with long term conditions to manage their healthcare.

“Prescriptions shouldn’t be a luxury, they are a necessity, and they should be free.”

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