Prescription charges set to rise

15 April 2024

The Department for Health and Social Care have confirmed that the prescription charge for England is set to rise from £9.65 to £9.90 per item. This is an increase of 2.59% on last year’s cost.

It has been announced that there will be an increase in the cost of prescriptions in England from the 1 May 2024. From the 1 May 2024, people in England will have to pay:

  • £9.90 per single prescription item
  • £32.05 for a 3 month Prescription Prepayment Certificate
  • £114.50 for a 12 month Prescription Prepayment Certificate

Other costs, such as surgical bars, spinal supports or wigs are also set to rise. You can read more about the planned rise on the government website.

How people are supposed to be adherent to their treatment regimens if they can’t afford their prescription charge is beyond me. No-one chooses to have a long-term condition like RA so why should they have to choose between their medications and potentially buying food! All we are asking is for the exemption list of conditions to be reviewed as it hasn’t been since the 1960s and to freeze the charge for prescriptions until that is done.
Clare Jacklin, NRAS CEO

NRAS is a member of the Prescription Charges Coalition which continues to campaign for the government to review the exemption list and scrap the charge for people with long-terms conditions in England.

Laura Cockram, Head of Campaigns at Parkinson’s UK and Chair of the Prescription Charges Coalition, said:

“The NHS prescription charge price increase will strike fear into people living with long-term health conditions, such as Parkinson’s. People are already struggling financially due to the cost-of-living crisis, and increasing the prescription charge will result in more people missing, reducing, or delaying taking their medication, meaning their condition will deteriorate.”

This rise is concerning in light of the recent research from the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and the Pharmacists’ Defence Association which revealed that more than a third of pharmacists (35%) said they have seen an increase in patients declining prescriptions in the last 12 months.

If you have a story you would like to share about the impact of prescription charges has on your household income please email, with the subject line “Prescription Charges”.