From SNP Media:
Scottish Tory leader Douglas Ross has been challenged to oppose plans by the UK Government to scrap free prescriptions in England for those aged 60-65. He and his Scottish Tory colleagues face a dilemma as they support free prescriptions in Scotland.
In 2017, the Scottish Tories dropped their opposition to free prescriptions in Scotland as there was ‘a large amount of support for the policy’.
Consultation on the plans to raise eligibility for free prescriptions have come to a close this week and Douglas Ross is being urged to oppose the plans and ensure that older people do not have to make a choice between buying medicine or eating.
A number of organisations in England warn that scrapping free prescriptions would have ‘lasting adverse effects on half of 60- to 65-year-olds with one or more long-term conditions.’
Emma Harper MSP said:
“Douglas Ross and his Scottish Tory colleagues at Westminster must oppose these plans to scrap prescription charges for 60 to 65-year-olds. If not, then he is once again demonstrating that he is nothing but Boris Johnson’s lapdog.
“The Scottish Tories support free prescriptions in Scotland, so are they prepared to stick by their principles and oppose charging in England – or will they simply line up behind Boris Johnson?
“These cruel plans from the Tories are another demonstration of the tale of two governments the people of Scotland are faced with. We cannot afford to be subjected to another decade of Tory austerity.
“No one should have to pay to access vital medication that, in some cases, can be the difference between leading a healthy lifestyle and not.
“If Douglas Ross supports this then he will prove that he and his Scottish Tory colleagues are without a shred of principle or integrity.
“The Tories cannot be trusted to protect Scotland’s interests and that is why the people of Scotland must be able to choose a different path with a referendum for recovery to escape the callous policies of the Tory UK government.”
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