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NHS prescription charges will be frozen for the first time in 12 years to help with the cost of living

This should help people extra litttle extra helps at the moment
Charges usually increase in line with average inflation. This year – in a move not seen for over a decade – the cost for prescriptions will remain the same to help ease cost of living pressures and ensure prescription medication remains accessible.
This means people in England who pay prescription charges are saving £17 million overall.
Charges for prescriptions will remain at £9.35 for a single charge or £30.25 for a 3-month prescription prepayment certificate (PPCs). 12 month PPCs will remain at £108.10 and can be paid for in instalments, meaning people can get all the medicines they need for just over £2 a week.
In addition to the freeze on charges, the NHS Low Income scheme offers help with prescription payments, with free prescriptions for eligible people within certain groups such as pensioners, students, and those who receive state benefits or live in care homes.
Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid said:
“The rise in the cost of living has been unavoidable as we face global challenges and the repercussions of Putin’s illegal war in Ukraine. Whilst we can’t completely prevent these rises, where we can help – we absolutely will.
“This is why I am freezing prescription charges to help ease some of these pressures and put money back in people’s pockets.”
In a statement a government spokesperson said
“The government and NHS is working to tackle the covid backlogs while reforming routine care services, ending long waits and improving patient care. The pandemic has put huge pressure on health and care services and over the next three years, a record £39 billion will be invested through the Health and Care Levy, so the NHS has the funding it needs. The NHS is opening new surgical hubs and 160 community diagnostic centres so patients have easier access to tests closer to home – with 88 already open, delivering over 800,000 scans.”
Laura Cockram, chairwoman of the Prescription Charges Coalition, told BBC News she welcomed the freeze, and said the government should review the list of those who qualified for free prescriptions.
She said the prescription exemption charge list was put together more than 50 years ago, when conditions like HIV “didn’t even exist” and at a time there “weren’t life saving treatments for things like asthma, Parkinson’s and MS”.
The government recently proposed increasing the age for free prescriptions from 60 to be in line with the stage pension age – 66 for men and women – but the DHSC said no decisions have been made on this.
The prescription freeze will also apply to NHS wigs and fabric supports; these prices will remain at current levels:
Surgical brassiere £30.70
Abdominal or spinal support £46.30
Stock modacrylic wig £75.70
Partial human hair wig £200.50
Full bespoke human hair wig £293.20