LETTER: Prescription charges are a tax on the sick

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Getting sick in this country is a situation to be avoided for more and more reasons.

We are all used to reading appalling stories about hospital neglect of particularly vulnerable patients and reduced doctor training following EU imposed restrictions on their working week.

And now those who need medication face prescription charges of £7.40 per item. Well at least those living in England do. This is a tax on the sick and the BMA have rightly been fighting against it.

It cannot be right that those in the rest of the UK do not have to pay a penny.

It is called the United Kingdom but it is united by less and less.

One unifying process would be to withdraw from the EU. The £48m. a day that we hand over could then be spent here and the argument that it would cost too much to abolish prescription charges in England would not hold water.

PAUL NUTTALL MEP

UK INDEPENDENCE PARTY NORTH WEST