MEDICINES RISE BY 25P.
From April 1, the cost of basic dental treatment, such as examinations, diagnosis and X-rays, is also set to rise from 50p to pounds 17.50.
Band 2 dental work, covering fillings, extractions and root canal treatment, will rise by pounds 1 to pounds 48, while there will be a pounds 5 increase in the cost of Band 3 dental work, such as crowns, dentures and bridges, to pounds 209.
The Department of Health said: "The Government is investing an extra pounds 12.5billion in the NHS and we are cutting back on bureaucracy, releasing an extra pounds 4.5billion for patient services. In England, around 90% of prescription items are dispensed free.
"We have frozen the price of both the three-month and the 12-month prescription pre-payment certificate so that anyone who needs 14 or more prescription items in a year can get all the prescriptions they need for an average cost of pounds 2 per week."
England is the only place in the UK where patients pay for prescription medicines. Last year, Scotland joined Wales and Northern Ireland in removing the charge.
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|Publication:||The Mirror (London, England)|
|Date:||Feb 24, 2012|
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