21 September 2019 – BBC News
Labour is to announce a pledge to abolish prescription charges in England at its next party conference. Prescriptions are already free in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
In England the NHS charges £9 per item and earned just over £575m from fees in 2017/18 – which the Government has said is a valuable source of income.
Over 80% of prescriptions are already issued free of charge, as those on low incomes or with some long-term conditions are not required to pay. People on benefits including Income Support, pregnant women, children and the over-60s are among those who do not pay.