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NHS prescription charges to rise in April 28 Feb 2018 15:56 #6351

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The cost of NHS prescriptions in England will rise from 1 April, the Department of Health and Social Care has confirmed.

Prescriptions will rise by 20p from £8.60 to £8.80 per medicine or appliance.

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Costs for wigs and fabric supports will rise too. A surgical bra will cost £28.85 – up from £28.40, a spinal or abdominal support will cost £43.60 – up from £42.95, while a partial human hair wig will cost £188.70 – up from £185.80.

However, the cost of pre-payment prescription certificates (PPC) for people that pay for prescriptions on a regular basis will be frozen for a year. The certificates offer holders unlimited prescriptions for a fixed period. Currently a three-month PPC costs £29.10, while an annual PPC costs £104.

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People who get free prescriptions – including children, pregnant women and those that have had a baby in the last 12 months, certain benefit claimants and over 60s – will not be affected by the change.

The NHS says that collectively the changes will see its prescription charge revenue increase in line with inflation.

In its 2015 spending review, the government committed to a £10 billion real term investment by 2020/21 in frontline NHS services. However, it also expects the NHS to make £22 billion in efficiency savings.

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Prescriptions have been free in Northern Ireland since 2010, free in Scotland since 2011, and free in Wales since 2007.

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