THE PRICE of potentially life-saving prescriptions is set to soar again next month to £9.
Last year, the government hiked prescriptions up from £8.60 to £8.80, and as of 1 April, they’re set to increase by a further 20p.
Getty – Contributor The cost of prescriptions is set to rise yet again in April
A charity has warned that a third of people already struggle to pick up essential medication due to cost, and that if the price rises further, more people will be at risk.
“It is extremely disappointing that yet again, the Government plans to increase prescription charges,” said Lloyd Tingley, Senior Policy and Campaigns Advisor at Parkin’s UK, and Chair of the Prescription Charges Coalition.
“Since 2010 the prescription charge has risen by 26 per cent compared to a rise in average earnings of 16 per cent over the same period.
“Working age people with long term conditions simply can’t sustain this.”
He told The Sun that the planned price hike is a “complete contradiction” to the new NHS Long-Term Plan which aims to prevent chronic ill health.
“While it is positive that the cost of the Pre-Payment Certificate has been frozen, this is still a large upfront cost for individuals and families who the Government should be helping, not punishing, for having a long-term condition.”
However, hundreds of thousands of patients may save money if they get a “prescription season ticket”, which covers the cost of all prescriptions for a certain period.
What other charges are changing?
Surgical bras will increase from £28.85 to £29.50
Abdominal or spinal supports will increase from £43.60 to £44.55
Stock-size modacrylic (ie, synthetic) wigs will increase from £71.25 to £72.80
Partial human hair wigs will increase from £188.70 to £192.85
Full bespoke human hair wigs will increase from £275.95 to £282
Source: Money Saving Expert
WALK OF LIFE Morning walks for 30 minutes are ‘just as good as pills to cut blood pressure’ STAFF STRESS AID NHS staff to be prioritised for mental health care under Government plans MED HUB Hub set up in Belgium to ship critical NHS supplies under No Deal Brexit CommentKRIS HALLENGA CoppaFeel! founder opens up about ten happy years of life with breast cancer BROWN BREAD BREKKIE Burnt toast could be more toxic than TRAFFIC FUMES, scientists warn HIIT IT HARD Short spurts of high-intensity exercise better for weight loss than long ones CARDIAC WAR Know blood pressure like you know you PIN to slash heart attack & stroke deaths PORTRAITS OF PAIN Haunting pics of patients with disfigurements at 19th century hospital LIFE-SAVING CELLS Boy, 9, cancer free after life-saving umbilical cord stem cell transplant Exclusive£50M CANCER TOLL 545 patients have won £46.9million in compensation over cancer blunders MUM FOUND DEAD IN HOSPITAL Mum found dead next to her son’s hospital bed ‘had swine flu’ SPOT OF BOTHER Measles hits decade high as ‘antivaxers’ scare parents away from vaccines
It’ll be frozen at £29.10 for three months of £104 for a year.
Charges only apply to patients in England, while prescriptions continue to be free in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
When NHS chiefs announced their move last year, they said that the rise was “in line with inflation”.
We pay for your stories! Do you have a story for The Sun Online news team? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0207 782 4368. You can WhatsApp us on 07810 791 502. We pay for videos too. Click here to upload yours