Prescription charges to rise to £7.20 in England

Prescription charges in England will increase by 1.4% from £7.10 to £7.20 from April.

Dawn Primarolo
Dawn Primarolo

Yesterday the British Medical Association (BMA) argued that England should follow the lead of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and abolish prescription charges.

Health minister Dawn Primarolo said: ‘In England 89% of prescription items are dispensed for free, the remainder provide valuable income to the NHS.

‘From April 1 cancer patients will be eligible for free prescriptions. A review of how this exemption can also be extended to patients with long-term conditions is currently underway and recommendations will be made in the summer.’

It is thought the cancer exemption will benefit 150,000 people who might otherwise pay £100 a year for their medicine.

Dental charges for the most simple and common visits increase by 30p to £16.50.

neil.durham@haymarket.com

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