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Prescription charge to rise from April

NHS prescription charge will increase by 20 pence to £8.05

Ingrid Torjesen

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

The NHS prescription charge in England will increase by 20 pence from £7.85 to £8.05 for each quantity of a drug or appliance from 1 April 2014.

Then the following year the charge will increase by 20p again to £8.25 in the following year.

Health Minister Norman Lamb said: “This government has made tough decisions to protect the NHS budget and increase it in real terms, but charges for some items remain an important source of revenue to support the delivery of high quality NHS services.

“This is particularly important given the increasing demands on the NHS, with spending on medicines alone almost doubling since 2000.”

Over 90 per cent of prescription items are dispensed free. Mr Lamb added: “We want to ensure that, of those who pay, people with the greatest need are protected, such as those with long-term conditions. As such, we have decided to freeze the costs of both prescription prepayment certificates for the next two years.”

The cost of a prescription prepayment certificate will remain at £29.10 for a 3 month certificate and the cost of the annual certificate will remain at £104.

Prescription prepayment certificates offer savings for those needing 4 or more items in 3 months or 13 or more items in one year.

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