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Prescription rise in April

24th February 2012

The cost of prescriptions and basic dental treatment is set to rise in England from April 1.

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The government has announced that NHS prescriptions in England will go up by 25p to £7.65 and charges for basic dental treatment will rise by 50p to £17.50, with rises of up to £5 for more complex work.

Heath minister Simon Burns outlined the changes, however the British Medical Association has said the present system is unfair and needs reforming in England.

In Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland charges have already been scrapped, while patients in England face a further rise in prescription fees.

A BMA spokesperson said: “It's unfair for patients as whether you pay depends not only on what part of the UK you live in, but also on what kind of condition you have.

“The bureaucracy to administer the charging and exemption regime is also cumbersome and costly. The BMA believes it would be best to abolish prescription charges in England altogether.”

The cost of a prescription payment certificate (PPC) valid for three months will remain at £29.10, with the cost of an annual PPC to be pegged at £104.

Mr Burns said: “PPCs offer savings for those needing four or more items in three months or 14 or more items in one year.”

Other dental fees rises see charges covering fillings, root canal treatment and extractions go up by £1 to £48 and the cost of work such as crowns, dentures and bridges will increase by £5 to £209.

 

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