§ Mr. Blunkett
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to her answer of 21 March,Official Report, column 68, (1) in which reviews pernicious anaemia has been considered for inclusion on the list of medical conditions which confer prescription charge exemption; and what were the reasons for not including it on that list;
(2) when the list of medical conditions which confer prescription charge exemption has been reviewed; and what representations and discussions take place in the course of such a review.
§ Mr. Sackville
We regularly receive representations about extending the list of medical conditions which confer exemption from prescription charges to include other illnesses, including pernicious anaemia. The arrangements for exemption on medical grounds were last reviewed as part of the fundamental review of health expenditure in 1993. No options for change within what can be afforded were identified. Charge remission available under the national health service low income scheme and prescription prepayment certificates ensure that no one400W who is not exempt from prescription charges need be deterred from obtaining necessary medication for financial reasons.