In 2011 the SNP government abolished prescription charges for all – returning Scotland’s NHS to its founding principles. The SNP remain committed to maintaining the NHS as a universal service – free at the point of need.
Devolution has allowed the Scottish Parliament to make this decision – protecting Scots from the rising charges we’ve seen in England. Prescription charges have now reached £7.85 south of the border and many long-term conditions still do not entitle someone to an exemption.
The decision to abolish prescription charges says something about the country we aspire to be. By completing Scotland’s home rule journey, we’ll have the full powers required to create a fairer and more equal society.