The increase in prescription charge will come into effect from April 1, 2020

The government on Tuesday announced a further increase of 15 pence to the NHS prescription charge, raising it to £9.15 per prescription item.

The change will come into effect in England from April 1, 2020.

Prescription pre-payment certificates (PPCs) charge will also be increased, with the price of a three-month PPC from £29.10 to £29.65 and annual PPC from £104 to £105.90.

The Department of Health and Social Care said the increase was in line with inflation.

Charges for wigs and fabric supports will also be increased in line with the inflation.

Prescriptions are free in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, while pharma bodies have long been campaigning to scrap the charges in England.

Details of the revised charges for 2020 to 2021 are as follows:

New prescription charges

  • Single charge: £9.15
  • 3-month PPC: £29.65
  • 12-month PPC: £105.90

Wigs and fabric supports

  • Surgical brassiere: £30.05
  • Abdominal or spinal support: £45.35
  • Stock modacrylic wig: £74.15
  • Partial human hair wig: £196.40
  • Full bespoke human hair wig: £287.20

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