Prescription charges in England will rise 20p to £7.85 from April 1, ministers said today.
Health Minister Earl Howe said NHS dental charges will also increase. A band 1 course of dental treatment will rise 50p to £18, band 2 will rise £1 to £49 and band 3 will increase by £5 to £214.
The cost of a prescription pre-payment certificate (PPC) would remain unchanged, Mr Howe said. So the cost of a three-month PPC would remain at £29.10 for another year, with an annual PPC unchanged at £104.
Charges for wigs and fabric supports for cancer patients will be increased by an overall 2.5 per cent. NHS optical vouchers will increase by 1 per cent.