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The UK prescription charge is to to rise by 15p next month. From April 1, the charge will increase to £9.15 while charges for wigs and fabric supports will also increase in line with inflation.

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The move to increase the charges has been branded as “disappointing” after the fee was increased by 20p last year.

Charities fear those with long-standing conditions will struggle to make the payments.

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said: “It is incredibly disappointing that yet again, people with long-term conditions are being penalised by an outdated prescription charges system.

“This approach cannot be allowed to continue.

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“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.”

As well as the prescription price increase, the cost of three-month and annual repayment certificates will also increase.

The three prepayment certificate will increase from £29.10 to £29.65 while the 12-month equivalent will rise to £105.90 from £104.

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Both payments cover the cost of prescriptions within the allotted time rather than paying per prescription.

Commenting on the increase in the price, Simon Dukes, chief executive of the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee, said: “Prescription charges

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