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MEDICINES RISE BY 25P.

PRESCRIPTIONS will go up by 25p to pounds 7.65 from April. Health minister Simon Burns made the announcement yesterday, but said an NHS prescription payment certificate (PPC) for three months will remain at pounds 29.10 and the price of an annual PPC will be held at pounds 104.

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)
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