Prescription charges in England to rise 20p to £7.85
Jeremy Laurance is a writer on health issues. He is former health editor of The Independent and the i and has covered the specialism for more than 20 years. He thinks the harm medicine does is under-appreciated, the harm it prevents over-rated, and that cycling works better than most drugs. He was named Specialist Journalist of the Year in the 2011 British Press Awards.
Friday 01 March 2013
Prescription charges are to rise by 20p from £7.65 to £7.85.
The 2.6 per cent rise, which will apply from 1 April, was condemned by patient organisations who said it was unfair to hit people in the pocket when they were suffering from illness.
The rise only applies in England. In Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland, prescriptions are free.
The Health minister Lord Howe defended the rise on the grounds that 90 per cent of prescription items are dispensed free to the elderly, children and those on benefits.
The cost of pre-payment certificates, allowing an unlimited number of prescriptions, is being frozen for a second year at £29.10 for three months or £104 for a year. That offers savings for anyone needing more than four items in three months or 14 in a year.
Dental charges are also rising by 50p to £18 for check-ups, by £1 to £49 for fillings and by £5 to £214 for crowns.
Neal Patel, spokesperson for the Royal Pharmaceutical Society said the news of the increase in prescription charges was “deeply disappointing”.
“We know from speaking to patients of working age who pay for their prescriptions that that cost can be a major barrier to them getting the life-saving medicines they need,” he said.
“We are deeply concerned that people have to make choices about their health based on their ability to pay.”
- 1 Migrant crisis: Greek soldier saved 20 people singlehandedly off Rhodes beach
- 2 Sofyen Belamouadden murder: The inside story of a crime that horrified Britain
- 3 Company breaks open Apple Watch to discover what it says is 'planned obsolescence'
- 4 Aaron and Melissa Klein: Oregon anti-gay bakers ordered to pay $135,000 after refusing to make cake for same-sex wedding
- 5 UK weather: Britain braced for snow as arctic air mass moves in
Migrant crisis: Greek soldier saved 20 people singlehandedly off Rhodes beach
Ian Brady: Moors murderer announces his support for Ukip and the SNP
Aaron and Melissa Klein: Oregon anti-gay bakers ordered to pay $135,000 after refusing to make cake for same-sex wedding
UK weather: Britain braced for snow as arctic air mass moves in
Bali Nine executions in Indonesia: Death row British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford says she 'just wants to get it over with'
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
The sickening truth about food banks that the Tories don't want you to know
Migrant boat disaster: Ukip candidate mocks victims in sickening Twitter post
Nigel Farage wants the BBC to stop making programmes like Doctor Who, Strictly Come Dancing, and Top Gear
Global warming: Scientists say temperatures could rise by 6C by 2100 and call for action ahead of UN meeting in Paris
General Election 2015: Britain would become a 'communist dictatorship' under Ed Miliband and Nicola Sturgeon, claims wife of Michael Gove
£16000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: You will maximise the effective...
£25000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This Bridgend based software de...
£21000 - £22000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A specialist retail and brand c...
£25000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This digital production agency ...