Continuing Healthcare Alliance

Prescription charge rise in England


The prescription charge is set to rise in England from £8.60 to £8.80 on 1 April 2018.

Commenting on the prescription charge rise in England, Matina Loizou, Senior Policy and Campaigns Adviser at Parkinson's UK and Co-Chair of the Prescription Charges Coalition, said:

"The Government has pushed up prescription costs every year, bar one, since 1979 – haven't people with long-term conditions paid enough for essential medication?

"20p more per prescription may not seem like a lot to many people, but for those on often multiple types of medication on a long-term, sometimes life-long, basis, it can stretch already strained budgets to breaking-point.

"We've heard distressing and alarming experiences from people who are facing impossible choices over whether they should eat, heat their home or pay for essential medications. The Government needs to ease, not increase, the financial burden on those who have already endured enough."


For more information please contact: 

Molly Horsburgh, Senior Media and PR Officer, Parkinson's UK:  

  • 0207 963 39271
  • Out of hours: 07961 460248

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