The government is increasing the price of a NHS single prescription charge in England by 20p to £9 from the start of April, it has been announced today.
There will be no change to the current three-month prescription prepayment certificate (PPC) cost of £29.10 nor to the 12-month PPC cost of £104.
The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) said that in the 2015 spending review, the government had committed to support the Five Year Forward View with £10bn investment in real terms by 2020 to 2021 to fund frontline NHS services.
A DHSC spokesperson said: “Alongside this, the government expects the NHS to deliver £22bn of efficiency savings to secure the best value from NHS resources and primary care must play its part.
“This year, therefore, we have increased the prescription charge by 20p from £8.80 to £9 for each medicine or appliance dispensed.”
In an attempt to ensure that people with the greatest need and who were not already exempt from the charge, were protected, the government had decided to freeze the cost of the PPCs for another year.
Patients in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland do not have to pay for NHS prescriptions.
England’s charges for wigs and fabric supports are also to be increased in line with inflation.
Charges for wigs and fabric supports will be:
- surgical bra: £29.50
- abdominal or spinal support: £44.55
- stock modacrylic wig: £72.80
- partial human hair wig: £192.85
- full bespoke human hair wig: £282.