Eugene Murphy Athlone Boundary Review

Eugene Murphy calls for prescription charge reduction in Budget 2017

Eugene Murphy Athlone Boundary Review

Fianna Fáil TD for Roscommon-Galway Eugene Murphy has called on the Government to cut prescription charges for medical card holders in the upcoming budget.

Commenting on the issue Eugene Murphy pointed out that the previous Fine Gael – Labour Government oversaw a five-fold increase in prescription charges, which has resulted in many people struggling to meet their medical costs.

“Despite promising to abolish prescription charges, the previous Fine Gael led Government reneged on its commitment and in fact hiked the charge to €2.50 per item. This massive increase was a particularly cruel blow for older people as they are more likely to have to rely on repeat medical prescriptions,” said Deputy Murphy.

“I firmly believe that we need to move towards abolishing the prescription charge. We should be encouraging people to use the medication that they need to live active and fulfilling lives. However the prescription charge only serves to make it difficult for people to access the basic medications.

“I recently discussed this issue with Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Finance Michael McGrath and Public Expenditure Spokesperson Dara Calleary. I highlighted the need to start the process of abolishing the prescription charge, and they took on board my concerns. I remain hopeful that progress on this issue can be made in the upcoming budget,” concluded Deputy Murphy.