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Prescription charge to increase by 20p to £8.60

The prescription charge in England will jump from £8.40 to £8.60 from April 1, the Department of Health (DH) has confirmed.

The cost of pre-paid prescription certificates (PPC) will remain frozen for another year, the DH’s minister of state for expenditure Philip Dunne confirmed today (March 16).

The three-month PPC will remain at £29.10, while an annual PPC will stay at £104.

“Taken together, and in the interest of fairness, this means prescription charges are expected to rise broadly in line with inflation,” Mr Dunne said in a statement.

Patients with certain medical conditions – including cancer, epilepsy and diabetes – as well as pregnant women, new mothers, children under 16, anyone over 60, and those on a low income, are exempt from prescription charges.

The charge increased by 20p last year, following a 15p rise the year before.

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