Prescription charge rises to £9.15

Prescription charge rises to £9.15

April 1, 2020

Today (1st April) the NHS prescription charge increases to £9.15 per prescription item.

The cost of prescription pre-payment certificates (PPCs) has also increased, with the price of a three-month PPC at £29.65 (an increase of 55 pence) and a 12-month PPC at £105.90 (an increase of £1.90). PPCs offer savings for those needing four or more items in three months, or 12 or more items in a year.

Prescription charge type Previous charge (up to 31st March 2020) New charge (1st April 2020 onwards)
Single charge (per prescription item) £9.00 £9.15
3-month PPC £29.10 £29.65
12-month PPC £104.00 £105.90

The Government states that these increases are in line with inflation.

Charge Card

PSNC has designed a downloadable Prescription Charge Card for community pharmacies. As well as a printable colour PDF of the 2020 Prescription Charge Card, we have also provided a version optimised for printing in black-and-white. Both versions are available to download below.

Prescription charge card 2020 (colour)

Prescription charge card 2020 (black and white)

Requesting suspension of the charge

PSNC raised the collection of prescription charges during the COVID-19 pandemic as an unnecessary administrative burden and potential infection risk (through the handling of money) in discussions with HM Government several weeks ago. We believe the charge should be suspended and as such we support the work that the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) and others are also doing to press for this.

We will continue to press the Department of Health Social Care (DHSC) and NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I) for the urgent resolution of this matter and will update community pharmacy teams as soon as possible.

PSNC Chief Executive Simon Dukes said:

“PSNC supports the removal of the prescription charge: this is a Government tax which community pharmacy teams should not have to collect for them. The charge may be even more difficult for some patients to afford in the current COVID-19 pandemic environment, and collecting it is another administrative burden for pharmacies, especially where patients are staying at home. At this critical time for the health service we want to see community pharmacy teams free to spend all their time on the increasingly demanding job of ensuring that patients can continue to get the medicines and advice that they need.”


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