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 Twitter reaction
@blmerriman how can you justify raising taxes to the ill when you promised no tax rises - slip this one through quietly— The MMP (@TheMMP1) March 16, 2017
@ParkinsonsUK Of course, those in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales with PD get their prescriptions free...— Ben Merriman (@blmerriman) March 16, 2017