Below is the text of the statement made by Matt Hancock, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, in the House of Commons on 3 March 2020.

The National Health Service (Charges for Drugs and Appliances) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 (“the Amendment Regulations”) will be laid before Parliament to increase certain national health service charges in England from 1 April 2020.

This year we have increased the prescription charge by 15p from £9 to £9.15 for each medicine or appliance dispensed. The cost of prescription pre-payment certificates (PPC) will also be increased: three-month PPC increases by 55p to £29.65 and 12-month PPC increases by £1.90 to £105.90. The increase is in line with inflation. Charges for wigs and fabric supports will also be increased in line with inflation. Details of the revised charges for 2020-21 can be found in the table below:

Charge from 1 April 2020

Prescription Charges

(£)

Single Charge

9.15

3 Month PPC

29.65

12 Month PPC

105.90

Surgical Brassiere

30.05

Abdominal or Spinal Support

45.35

Wigs and Fabric Supports

Stock Modacrylic Wig

74.15

Partial Human Hair Wig

196.40

Full Bespoke Human Hair Wig

287.20