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Prescription charge in England to increase from April 1st

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The Department of Health has announced that from April 1 the charge for a prescription in England will increase from £7.10 to £7.20

This comes after the Government has only just been attacked by the British Medical Association (BMA) for not following Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and getting rid of prescription charges altogether.

However, the Government is currently reviewing prescription charges and is looking to extend the number of medical conditions which not do have to pay.

Health minister Dawn Primarolo also outlined, in a written statement, changes to some dental treatment charges.

These include freezing the maximum charge for NHS dental treatments, such as the fitting of bridges, crowns or dentures, at its current rate of£198.

However, treatments which involve examinations, advice, a scale and polish or X-ray will increase from£16.20 to£16.50.

Fillings or extractions will also increase from£44.60 to£45.60 and optical vouchers will rise in value by 2% overall.

The BMA believes that prescriptions in England should be free for everyone and claims that charging people could put some off taking medications which are necessary for their health.

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  • When it suits the government they forget about the GLOBAL credit crunch, however Gordon Brown and his merry men know how to, "steal from the poor and needed and give to the rich" or was it the other way around. Perhaps the RCN could join with the BMA and get rid of these payment. Their conference is coming up in May!!

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