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Single-item prescription charges set to rise

Single-item prescription charges are going up by 20p from 1 April, to £8.80.

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) said this would help fund the Government's £10bn investment in the NHS frontline services by 2021.

Charges for three and 12-month prescription prepayment certificates (PPCs) will stay the same, at £29.10 and £104 respectively.

Health and social care minister Lord O’ Shaughnessy said: ‘To ensure that those with the greatest need, and who are not already exempt from the charge are protected we have frozen the cost of the prescription prepayment certificates (PPC) for another year...

‘Taken together, this means prescription charge income is expected to rise broadly in line with inflation.’

Charges for wigs and fabric supports are also being increased in line with inflation.

Prescription costs from 1 April

  •  Single charge: £8.80
  •  3 month PPC (no change): £29.10
  •  12-month PPC (no change): £104.00

Source: Department of Health and Social Care


Readers' comments (3)

  • £2 per week for unlimited prescriptions is still a great deal. Less than the cost of a coffee for all your medicinal needs.

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  • End of the line?

    What if patients request all their medication to be private prescriptions and larger quantities..

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  • Azeem Majeed

    It’s time to review the system of NHS prescription charges and exemptions in England, and also consider allowing GPs to offer a private prescription where this would be cheaper for patients.

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