The Government has announced that the NHS prescription charge in England is set to increase by 20p to £9.00 from Monday 1st April 2019. The cost of a prescription prepayment certificate for 3 months will remain £29.10 and a prescription prepayment certificate for 12 months will remain £104.
The Anaphylaxis Campaign are part of the Prescription Charges Coalition and are campaigning to extend exemption from prescription charges to all those with long-term conditions in England. The coalition brings together over 40 organisations representing hundreds of thousands of people with numerous long-term health conditions. We are involved as the current system, created in 1968, is unfair and very out-of-date, with some long-term conditions qualifying people for free prescriptions whilst others do not. This affects us at the Anaphylaxis Campaign because allergy often requires regular and long-term prescriptions which are not exempt from charges despite being essential to day to day quality of life and, in the case of adrenaline injectors, lifesaving.
The impact of paying for prescriptions whilst living with a long-term condition is both serious and widespread as the Prescription Charges Coalition reports show. You can read the reports here.
For further information on the Prescription Charges Coalition, and to get involved, visit the website: http://www.prescriptionchargescoalition.org.uk/
You can also show your support or share your experiences via Twitter at @prescriptionCC