Menopausal women treated with hormone replacement therapy will not have to pay for their prescriptions under the proposed law.
HRT is available in England for £9.35 on a one-time prescription, but Labor MP Carolyn Harris is hoping to drop the charges, The Sunday Times informed of.
Ms Harris said she had enough support for a private member’s bill to change the law. The second reading of the bill will be received this month.
NHS prescriptions for HRT are already free in Scotland and Wales and the therapy is used to increase women’s estrogen and progesterone hormone levels during menopause.
As many as 3.4m women aged 50 to 64 in the UK will experience menopausal symptoms, which include side effects including heart palpitations, hot flushes, anxiety and depression. According to the NHS, the average age for a woman to reach menopause is 51.
Many women are prescribed hormone replacement therapy for five years or more, and the treatments can often add up to thousands of pounds, Granthshala’has reported before.
Carolyn Harris MP said she was “extremely confident” that MPs would support her bill, adding: “We have the numbers. I have a lot of support from the House of Commons and I am very confident that we can get this bill passed.” Will take
“Is this government really prepared to make women in England suffer if they cannot treat their menopausal symptoms, while women in Wales and Scotland get their medicines for free? Talk.”
He said The Sunday Times: “There are a lot of people out there who aren’t ready for it and they don’t even imagine it would be as terrible as it would be.”
Bill will go to MPs on October 29
A health department source said: “If we make HRT free for everyone, where does that stop, especially given that a large number of women on HRT get free prescriptions anyway.
“We think the problem is more complex – for example, doctors do not recognize the impact on women during perimenopause.”
A Department of Health spokeswoman said: “Menopause affects half of our population and is a major concern for women across the country. The effects can be very difficult to live with and it is important that it is taken seriously and women get the support they need.
“We are deeply committed to ensuring those who want access to HRT and are taking immediate steps to put women’s health at the top of the agenda through the first government-led Women’s Health Strategy for England “
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