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NHS prescription charge frozen at £7.20

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NHS prescriptions in England will continue to cost £7.20 throughout 2010-11, according to Health Minister Mike O’Brien.

Prescriptions in Wales are free, and from next month will be free in Northern Ireland. Scotland will get free prescriptions by 2011.

A review on prescription charges in England will be published by the Government soon, with the British Medical Association (BMA) demanding they be scrapped.

The latest announcement means the cost of a pre-payment certificate - which allows unlimited prescriptions for a year - will remain at £104. A three-month certificate is £28.25.

Mr O’Brien said there would be no changes this year to the upper age limit at which people can get free prescriptions.

Over a 10-year period, the retirement age for women is changing to 65, bringing it into line with that for men. The Government is looking at how prescription charging may change in the future to match this new retirement age for women.

A spokeswoman for the Department of Health said: “The level of the prescription charge is considered annually.

“This year, in light of the overall low inflation rates during the past 12 months, there will be no increase in NHS prescription and dental charges and optical voucher values.”

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  • It is shameful that sick people in England have to pay for health care in this way. Well done to Scotland, Ireland and Wales for rending this tax on the sick.

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