DHSC increases prescription charges by 30 pence for each medicine or appliance dispensed

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has announced 30 pence increase in prescription charges from £9.35 to £9.65 for each medicine or appliance

Board Chair for England at RPS, Thorrun Govind commented: “This is a kick in the teeth for people in England who are already struggling with rising bills and food

“Patients groups have warned that people are not collecting prescription medicines due to cost and pharmacists are seeing this worrying trend first-hand.

“A Government impact assessment noted the risk of adverse effects of people not taking their medicines, resulting in future health problems for the individual,
potential hospital admissions, and a subsequent cost to the NHS.

“This decision seems to prioritise revenue generation over ill-health prevention and undermines the principle of an NHS free at the point of use.