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PostSubject: Prescriptions and dental treatment and Post   Thu Mar 27, 2014 11:10 am

Prescriptions and dental treatment and Post

The price of NHS prescriptions is to rise by 20p in April and again next year.

NHS dental charges will also increase by up to £5 from 1 April.

In a statement, Health Minister Norman Lamb said the increases were justified given the increasing demands on the NHS, with spending on medicines alone almost doubling since 2000.

Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have scrapped all prescription charges.

Around 90% of prescriptions in England are currently dispensed free of charge.

There are exemptions for people on low incomes, children and the over 60s.

The current prescription charge is £7.85.

Prescription costs will rise 20p to £8.05 from 1 April, and then again by a further 20p to £8.25 in 2015/16.

Charges for basic dental treatment will increase by 50p to £18.50, with increases of up to £5 for more complex work.

The price of a first class stamp will rise 2p to 62p and second class by 3p to 53p on 31st March.

A large letter first class stamp (up to 100g) will rise by 3p to 93p, while a large letter second class stamp will go up by 4p to 73p. [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

If you are in the uk go and get a load of stamps.
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