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Prescription charge in England to rise by 20p from April

The cost of a prescription in England will be £7.85

Ingrid Torjesen

Friday, 01 March 2013

Prescription charges are to go up by 20p in England from April 1, the government has announced today, and dental charges will rise at the same time.

From April 1, the cost of a prescription in England will be £7.85. NHS dental charges will rise on the same date but the cost of a prescription pre-payment certificate (PPC) will remain unchanged.

The cost of a three-month PPC will remain at £29.10 and an annual PPC at £104 for another year.

Health Minister Earl Howe made the announcement in a written statement to Parliament. He said regulations would be laid before Parliament to implement the changes.

Charges for a band 1 course of dental treatment will rise 50p to £18, band 2 will rise £1 to £49 and the cost of band 3 will increase by £5 to £214.

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