Question to the Department of Health and Social Care:
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make it his policy to reimburse women who are eligible for free prescriptions and who purchase hormone replacement therapy from private providers when there has been insufficient availability of those products through the NHS.
We have no plans to do so, as the Department has no responsibility for the cost of private prescriptions. There are over 70 hormone replacement therapy (HRT) products available in the United Kingdom and most remain in good supply. While a range of factors, including an increase in demand, has led to supply issues with a limited number of products, alternatives to those experiencing supply issues are available. General practitioners and pharmacist can advise those who are concerned about access to HRT products before seeking a private prescription.