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 Malaysian cyclist could face disciplinary action after 'Save Gaza' gloves protest
- 2 Is Gideon Levy the most hated man in Israel or just the most heroic?
- 3 Fifty Shades of Grey trailer provokes moral outrage from US parenting groups
- 4 McDonald’s removes chicken nuggets from the menu in Hong Kong amid major food scare
- 5 Students offered grants if they tweet pro-Israeli propaganda
Israel-Gaza conflict: Israeli targeting policy under scrutiny after shellfire hits a mother and child, a school full of refugees and a doctor’s home
Students offered grants if they tweet pro-Israeli propaganda
McDonald’s removes chicken nuggets from the menu in Hong Kong amid major food scare
Satellite full of sexually experimental geckos adrift in space, Russia loses control of mission
Costa Concordia finally towed from Giglio amid environmental concerns that cruise liner is a 'floating bomb'
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Vladimir Putin is given 'one last chance' to end hostilities in Ukraine
The 'scroungers’ fight back: The welfare claimants battling to alter stereotypes
The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering
Arizona execution lasts two hours as killer Joseph Wood left 'snorting and gasping' for air
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Ukrainian military jet was flying close to passenger plane before it was shot down, says Russian officer
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Massive rise in sale of British arms to Russia
£600 - £650 per day: Orgtel: Conduct Risk Liaison Manager - Banking - London -...
Highly Attractive Package: Austen Lloyd: CITY - COMMERCIAL LITIGATION - GLOBAL...
£65000 - £75000 per annum + Benefits: Progressive Recruitment: The client is a...
£40000 - £45000 per annum: Ashdown Group: A well-established software house ba...