Prescription charges increase
PRESCRIPTION charges in England will rise 20p to £7.85 from April 1 under changes announced by ministers.
Health Minister Earl Howe said NHS dental charges will also increase on the same date.
In a written statement to Parliament, he said the cost of a prescription pre-payment certificate (PPC) would remain unchanged.
Earl Howe said regulations would be laid in Parliament to implement the changes.
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He said the cost of a three-month PPC would remain at £29.10 for another year, with an annual PPC unchanged at £104.
"PPCs offer savings for those needing four or more items in three months or 14 or more items in one year," he said.