Fianna Fáil Press Office
Mary Fitzpatrick
Dublin Central

12 February 2016

Fine Gael increased prescription charges five fold – Fitzpatrick

Fianna Fáil general election candidate for Dublin Central Mary Fitzpatrick has accused Fine Gael of gross hypocrisy by promising to cut prescription charges.

“In 2011 James Reilly promised to abolish prescription charges instead Fine Gael increased them five-fold.

“Assuming that it was the same in 2015 as 2014, there has been €383m taken from medical card holders since FG promised to abolish the charges.

“More broken promises.”

Please see below PQ on the amount of money raised from prescription charges since 2011:

Years 2011 2012 2013 2014 January  to June 2015
Total prescription charges €27,746,590 €29,757,436 €85,756,332 €120,242,972 €48,740,148
Note:  A total of €3.026m has been paid to patients in relation to Prescription Charge Refunds during the period 2011 – 2015 to date