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:
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