NHS prescriptions price will rise AGAIN by 15p to £9.15 from April

The cost of an NHS prescription will rise to £9.15 this year, the Government has announced.

Patients in England will have to pay an extra 15p to collect their medicines from a pharmacy from April 1.

This increase in cost is 'in line with inflation', according to the Department of Health and Social Care, led by Health Secretary Matt Hancock. 

The move was branded 'disappointing' after the price was also raised by 20p a year ago for the third year running, from £8.80 to the current £9.

Charities fear those with long-standing conditions, such as Parkinson's, will struggle to afford the cost of their medication. 

Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock. This increase in cost is 'in line with inflation', according to his department

Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock. This increase in cost is 'in line with inflation', according to his department 

Charges for prescription wigs, bras, spinal and fabric supports will also be increased in line with inflation, they said. 

Bras - worn after surgery - will now cost £30.05, abdominal or spinal supports will rise to £45.35, synthetic wigs will increase to £74.15, partial human hair wigs will increase to £196.40 and full bespoke human hair wigs will rise to £287.20. 

What will be affected? 

Prescription charges

Single charge: £9.15

3-month pre-payment certificates (PPC): £29.65

12-month PPC: £105.90

Wigs and fabric supports

Surgical brassiere: £30.05

Abdominal or spinal support: £45.35

Stock modacrylic wig: £74.15

Partial human hair wig: £196.40

Full bespoke human hair wig: £287.20

As prescriptions are free in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, the prices will only affect those in England. 

The cost of prescription pre-payment certificates (PPC) will also rise. The three-month PPC will increase by 55p to £29.65, while the 12-month PPC will increase by £1.90 to £105.90.

The price hike penalises those with long term conditions, charity Parkinson's UK.

Laura Cockram, head of policy and campaigns at Parkinson's UK and chair of the Prescription Charges Coalition, said: 'It is incredibly disappointing that yet again, people with long-term conditions are being penalised by an outdated prescription charges system.

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'This approach cannot be allowed to continue. The Government must urgently review the exemption list, so people with long-term conditions like Parkinson's, asthma and MS, are no longer penalised for having the "wrong condition".

'By continuing to drive up the cost of prescriptions, the Government is ignoring clear evidence that the charge is a false economy that leaves people unable to afford vital medication which places increased pressure on the NHS.

'The exemption list is so outdated that some conditions like HIV didn't even exist when it was created. It is nonsensical that the Government continues to plough ahead with annual increases without even reviewing the list. 

A spokesperson told MailOnline in a statement today that exemptions in the price hike means that prescriptions are

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