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BBC Radio Bristol discuss prescription charges

Recently a pharmacist and the Chair of the Prescription Charges Coalition, of which the PDA is a member, were featured on BBC Radio Bristol to discuss prescription charges and the prescription charges exemption list.

Wed 4th January 2023 The PDA

On 19 December 2022 Ade Williams, a community pharmacist, and Laura Cockram, Head of Policy and Campaigning at Parkinson’s UK, and Chair of the Prescription Charges Coalition were interviewed on BBC Radio Bristol. During Ade’s interview, he spoke about how his pharmacy team were considering paying for some of their patient’s prescriptions. Ade explains that during the last few months, they have been faced with patients who say that they can’t afford some or all of their medications and this is why the PDA connected him to the coalition.


During Laura’s interview, she explained how much medication is required for a person with Parkinson’s and how much the prescriptions can cost per month. Laura then discusses the prescription charges exemption list and why the Prescription Charges Coalition wants the exemption list to be broadened. Broadening the exemption list will work to help patients with long-term health conditions get access to the required medication without fear of being unable to afford it.


The PDA is a member of the Prescription Charges Coalition and works with coalition partners to maximise its efforts. The Prescription Charges Coalition is a group of 52 organisations calling on the Westminster government to scrap prescription charges for people with long-term conditions in England.

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