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Prescription rise in England

4th March 2011

The Department of Health has announced an increase in prescription charges of 20 pence per prescription.

This means each item will be charged at £7.40 from 1 April 2011. The DH said: "This is valuable income - equivalent to the salary costs of nearly 18,000 nurses, or 15,000 midwives, or over 3,500 hospital consultants. This income helps the NHS to maintain vital services for patients."

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