To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she expects to publish the findings of her Department's review of prescription charges; who is undertaking the review; whether third-party organisations are contributing to the review; whether she plans to consult on the results of the review; and if she will make a statement.
The Government said in its response to the Health Select Committee's Report on national health service charges, that the Department would undertake a review of the current exemptions for prescription charges and put forward options that would be expenditure neutral for the NHS. We have undertaken to report the outcome of the review to Parliament before the summer recess 2007.
The Department welcomes comments on possible options for changing the current prescription charge arrangements from all organisations that wish to make representations. We will consider the next steps once the outcome of the review has been submitted to Parliament.