SCRAP Prescription Charges

The weblog of the Scottish Campaign to Remove All Prescription Charges. Keeping you updated on all the news about Colin Fox MSP's bill to the Scottish Parliament.

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Prescription charges Bill delayed again

Edinburgh Evening News

A BILL to scrap prescription charges has been held up yet again in the Scottish Parliament.

Holyrood's health committee had been due to listen to evidence in September on the proposed legislation put forward by Scottish Socialist leader and Lothians MSP Colin Fox.

But now the evidence sessions have been postponed for two months until November, which means the crucial debate on whether the Bill should proceed will be delayed from the end of December until the end of January - more than two and a half years after it was first lodged.

When the previous timetable was set, Mr Fox claimed Labour and the Liberal Democrats were deliberately delaying the Bill.

But the latest delay is fortuitous for the Scottish Socialist Party as Mr Fox and three of his colleagues have been suspended from the parliament for the month of September."

posted by Alister at 10:21 am