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NHS: Prescriptions

Volume 699: debated on Thursday 6 March 2008

My right honourable friend the Minister of State, Department of Health (Dawn Primarolo) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

We will be laying regulations before Parliament to increase National Health Service charges in England from 1 April 2008. There will be an increase in the prescription charge of 25 pence from £6.85 to £7.10 for each quantity of a drug or appliance dispensed.

The cost of a prescription prepayment certificate (PPC) will rise to £27.85 for a three month certificate and to £102.50 for an annual certificate. PPCs offer savings for those needing more than three items in three months or 14 in one year.

Prescription charges are expected to raise some £435 million for the NHS in 2008-09. This figure excludes prescription charges collected by dispensing doctors, which is not collected centrally, but remains with primary care trusts.

Charges for elastic stockings and tights, wigs and fabric supports supplied through the by hospitals will be increased similarly.

The increase is below the current level of inflation.

Details of the revised prescription and appliance increases are as follows:

Proposed Increases In Charges From April 2008


Current Charges

New charge




12-month PPC



3-month PPC



Surgical brassiere



Abdominal or spinal support



Stock modacrylic wig



Partial human hair wig



Full bespoke human hair wig