Prescription charge to rise to £8.40

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Prescription charge to rise to £8.40

March 11, 2016

The Government has announced an increase to the NHS prescription charge of 20 pence, to £8.40 per prescription item. This change will come into effect from 1st April 2016.

The cost of prescription pre-payment certificates (PPCs) has remained the same for a further year, with the price of a three-month PPC at £29.10 and a 12-month PPC at £104.

The Government say they are committed to supporting the Five Year Forward View with £10 billion investment by 2020/21 to fund frontline NHS services. Alongside this, the Government expects the NHS to deliver £22 billion of efficiency savings to make the best use of NHS resources.

Pharmacy teams should look out for their copies of the 2016 Prescription Charge Card being sent with the March edition of Community Pharmacy News (CPN) arriving at community pharmacies later this month.

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