Prescription charge increase a burden for heart patients

11 March 2014        

Pharmacist discussing medication with a patient

Prescription charges in England are to rise in April and again next year, the Government has announced.

From April the cost of prescription medicines will rise from £7.85 to £8.05. In 2015, the cost will then increase to £8.25. The British Heart Foundation is part of the Prescription Charges Coalition which believes that prescriptions should be free for patients in England with a long-term health condition. Prescriptions are already free in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Our Policy Manager Joseph Clift said: “Once again the Westminster government has increased the cost of prescriptions putting an extra financial burden on people who are already struggling to look after their health.

“People living with heart conditions in England shouldn’t have to worry about where they’re going to find the money for their essential medicines. Over the border in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland there are no charges. Rather than squeeze a few more pennies out of patients, the Westminster Government should be make prescriptions free for those facing a daily battle for their health.”