Prescription charges set to rise in April

The Department of Health and Social Care has announced that prescription charges will rise as of April this year

The government is raising NHS prescription charges as of 1 April 2019.

In the 2015 spending review, the government committed to supporting the Five Year Forward View with a £10bn investment in real terms by 2020 to 2021, to fund frontline NHS services.

The government also expects the NHS to deliver £22bn of efficiency savings to secure the best value from NHS resources. Primary care must play its part.

As such, this year, prescription charges will rise by 20p – from £8.80 to £9 – for each medicine or appliance dispensed.

Charges for wigs and fabric supports will also be increased in line with inflation.

Here are the details of the rise in charges:

Prescription charges

  • Single charge: £9

Wigs and fabric supports

  • Surgical bra: £29.50

  • Abdominal or spinal support: £44.55

  • Stock modacrylic wig: £72.80

  • Partial human hair wig: £192.85

  • Full bespoke human hair wig: £282

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