The standard NHS prescription charge in England will not increase

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In April 2022, the standard NHS prescription charge in England will not increase, according to a government minister. It is the first time since 2010 that the cost has remained identical for two successive years.

The prescription charge in England is currently £9.35. However, in Scotland and Wales, prescriptions are free at the collection point.

“The standard NHS prescription charge in England will not increase.“

Prescriptions are currently free of charge for those aged 60 years and over living in England; however, in July 2021, the government opened a consultation on whether to increase the age to align with the state pension, which is currently 66 years of age. The talk, however, closed on 3 September 2021.

Chair of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s English Pharmacy Board, Thorrun Govind, stated: “It is extraordinary that the government is considering forcing the over 60s to start paying prescription charges, as all prescriptions are free for everybody in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. With the cost of living impacting all of Great Britain, the government should abolish prescription charges in England all together.”

The Health Minister, Edward Argar, stated: “Prescription charges will not be uplifted on 1 April 2022. There is currently no planned announcement on any future increase.” Argar was responding to a question on prescription charges by shadow attorney general Emily Thornberry.

Chief Executive of The Patients Association, Rachel Power, stated: “It’s good to hear the government is not planning to increase the cost of a prescription this week. The government’s decision on whether or not to extend the prescription charge to people aged between 60 and 65 [years] is still not known, but we oppose the scrapping of free prescriptions for these patients. So, while this announcement is good news, there’s still a lot we’re not happy about when it comes to charging people for the medicines they need to keep them well.”

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