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Welcome End to Prescription Charges


Wednesday 24th September


The Institute of Cancer Research welcomes the declaration by Prime Minister Gordon Brown, announcing that cancer patients in England will no longer have to pay prescription charges. Chief Executive Professor Peter Rigby says:


"This is wonderful news for patients. Here at The Institute, we are committed to carrying out research which leads to the relief of human suffering from cancer and developing the treatments which will have the maximum benefit for the public. With prescription charges already being phased out in Scotland and Wales, this announcement will be a huge relief for those receiving long-term cancer care.


It is a testament to the hard work and campaigning led by Macmillan Cancer Support and we look forward to the changes taking effect as quickly as possible."




Media contact: Cathy Beveridge, 020 7153 5359 or on [email protected]


Notes to editors:

About The Institute of Cancer Resesarch

  • The Institute of Cancer Research is Europe’s leading cancer research centre with expert scientists working on cutting edge research. It was founded in 1909 to carry out research into the causes of cancer and to develop new strategies for its prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care. For more information visit
  • The Institute is a charity that relies on voluntary income. The Institute is one of the world’s most cost-effective major cancer research organisations with over 90p in every £ directly supporting research.
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