This rise is the ninth consecutive year that the increase has been held below or around the level of inflation.
Lord Hunt said: 'In England, around 87 per cent of prescription items are already dispensed free of charge thanks to our extensive exemption arrangements and prescription prepayment certificates mean than anyone may obtain all the prescriptions they needs for less than £2.00 per week.
'Prescription charges are expected to raise some £425 million in 2007-2008. This is valuable income which can be ploughed back into the NHS.'
In 2006 the Government announced a review of prescription charges which will include options to:
- Revise the list of medical exemptions to prescription charges.
- Introduce a flat-rate prescription charge with no exemptions.
- Base exemption to prescription charges solely on income.