Prescription charge in England to increase from April 1st 2009

From the Fibromyalgia News Desk of Jeanne Hambleton

Courtesy of NT
Published: 06 March 2009

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.

Related article: BMA calls to abolish prescription charges;jsessionid=FDFD1AAC021E98D6B105879E51426413

About jeanne hambleton

Journalist-wordsmith, former reporter, columnist, film critic, editor, Town Clerk and then fibromite and eventer with 5 conferences done and dusted. Interested in all health and well being issues, passionate about research to find a cure and cause for fibromyalgia. Member LinkedIn. Worked for 4 years with FMA UK as Regional Coordinator for SW and SE,and Chair for FMS SAS the Sussex and Surrey FM umbrella charity and Chair Folly Pogs Fibromyalgia Research UK - finding funding for our "cause for a cure" and President and co ordinator of National FM Conferences. Just finished last national annual Fibromyalgia Conference Weekend. This was another success with speakers from the States . Next year's conference in Chichester Park Hotel, West Sussex, will be April 24/27 2015 and bookings are coming in from those who raved about the event every year. I am very busy but happy to produce articles for publication. News Editor of FMS Global News on line but a bit behind due to conference. A workaholic beyond redemption! The future - who knows? Open to offers with payment. Versatile and looking for a regular paid column - you call the tune and I will play the pipes.
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