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Prescription charges in England to rise from April

By Neil Trainis

PUBLISHED: March 20, 2017 | UPDATED: March 20, 2017

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Prescription charges in England will rise by 20 pence from April 1 but the cost of prescription prepayment certificates (PPCs) has been frozen for another year, the government has announced.

Health minister Philip Dunne said the cost of a prescription will increase from £8.40 to £8.60 although the three-month PPC and annual PPC will remain at £29.10 and £104 respectively “to ensure that those with the greatest need, including patients with long-term conditions, are protected.”

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

Prescription charge exemptions will remain in place for people with conditions such as cancer, epilepsy and diabetes as well as under-16s, over-60s, pregnant women and new mothers.