The Department of Health and Social Care has announced that NHS prescription charges will be frozen for the first time in 12 years to help with the cost of living.
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.
The prescription freeze will also apply to NHS wigs and fabric supports. The current exemption categories remain unchanged and the NHS Low Income scheme remains in place.
Action: Clinicians should be aware of the current prescription charge and also the value for money represented by pre-payment certificates.