Make University Student’s Medical Prescriptions Free

Make University Student’s Medical Prescriptions Free

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Eleanor Rees started this petition to The NHS

University students are known for not having money. 

Think about it: the majority of students have just moved away from home (sometimes to the other side of the country), this is the first time they’re having access to a lot of money. But realistically, it isn’t a lot of money. 

Students - out of their maintenance loan - have to pay for their student accommodation rent, their food, socialising, stationary and technology for university, travelling home etc. And they typically get less than £8000 a year in maintenance loan. Student accommodation tends to take over half of their entire loan for the year. 

But because they’re over 18, they’re also expected to pay for prescriptions. University is still full time education. For those who don’t know, people 16-18 in full time education do not pay for prescriptions. But once they turn 19, they have to, even if they’re still in full time education. 

Prescriptions are free in Wales AND Scotland, so why are they not free in England? Why do students who are in full time education suddenly have to start paying for prescriptions when they turn 19? 

This can be dangerous to those who need the medication. I’ve known students to need antibiotics but avoid going to the doctors purely because they know they won’t be able to afford it. I’ve known students to miss months of anti-depressants because they simply can’t afford them. This isn’t fair. 

If the NHS can make prescriptions free in Scotland and Wales, why can’t they make them free in England? Failing that, why can’t they expand the free prescription to ALL students who are in full time education? University students struggle so much, it’s only fair to lift the burden a little, is it not? 

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