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Make transplant patients eligible for free prescriptions

Submitted by Amanda Slingsby on Sunday 30th October 2022

Published on Thursday 3rd November 2022

Current status: Closed

Closed: Wednesday 3rd May 2023

Signatures: 329

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IMPACT ~ list ~ Medic ~ Nature ~ NHS ~ NHS services ~ Prevent ~ Saving ~ Severe ~ The NHS

Petition Action

Make transplant patients eligible for free prescriptions

Petition Details

Transplant patients need to take several medications daily, for the rest of their lives. Transplant patients are not on the list of people eligible for free prescriptions, despite the life-saving nature of the treatment required to maintain health and functioning of patients.

Additional Information

The NHS facilitated nearly 4,400 transplants in 21/22. Those patients require medication to prevent rejection/complications to survive. Certain medical conditions needing continuous dressings, life-long medication to manage (diabetes, epilepsy) make a person eligible for free prescriptions, but not being a transplant patient. No clear rationale is given as to why transplant is not included; impact of not taking required medication would put further strain on NHS services and can be severe, with this population.

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