HC Deb 06 December 1978 vol 959 c707W
Mr. Pavitt

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will now take a further step in his policy to phase out the prescription charges for sick patients by issuing certificates of exemption for all persons who have suffered a coronary thrombosis or a cardiac condition which necessitates permanent medication.

Mr. Moyle:

The present list of specified medical conditions which qualify for automatic exemption from prescription charges is the maximum on which successive Governments have been able to reach agreement with representatives of the medical profession. Exemption is also available on grounds of age or income; and where exemption cannot be claimed, the prepayment certificate can save money for those who need frequent prescriptions.