A tax on chronic illness – prescription charges in England

Gari Wellingham

Those of you who know me personally, or maybe just from the wonderful world of ‘online’, probably know that I suffer with a chronic condition called ‘ulcerative colitis’ – you can read my previous post about my condition here (I would strongly urge you to if you have not had chance to yet).

I’m new to it, and frankly, I’m pretty dismayed to learn that, because I work hard, I pay my taxes and NI, and because I don’t happen to live in any of the areas of the UK that have a devolved Government, that I am expected to pay for my prescriptions for the rest of my life. This isn’t an anti-benefits rant in any way whatsoever (whether income or disability related), it’s an anti-establishment rant. If other countries within the UK are able to provide free NHS prescriptions for all, then why can’t England? Why is working…

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We originally set out to advocate and campaign for and on behalf of people living with HIV in Greater Manchester. But we chose to slightly change our name by adding beyond. Therefore our name is Greater Manchester & Beyond of People Living With HIV & AIDS. Cause there are many issues that affects people living with HIV we now look ate other health and social care issues that will affect people living with HIV in their everyday lives. For the purpose of this site we have chosen a strap-line name hence our user name here - this is of course "thepositivevoice". The reason for this is often the issues that affect us can be quite daunting and discriminatory to our very existence. So whatever negative we hear and see - we endeavour to turn that into a positive. There are many examples where a negative has turned into a positive and one of those example is the term "Queer" - well that is also quite interesting as some people in the lesbian and gay community don't like that very word - some have decided to own it. Therefore any person that calls another person (the example here) queer - some gay people will reply yes we are. As time moves on and I as the author of this blog - information will be never-ending. So watch this space.
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