Kick in the teeth for patients as dental charges rise by up to 5 (and prescription charges go up another 25p)
Price rises will be in force from April 1
Gritted teeth: Band 3 work, such as crowns, dentures and bridges, will increase 5 to 209
Patients in England are facing care costs rising yet again this April, with the cost of complex dental work going up by 5.
The cost of basic dental treatment will rise 50p to 17.50, while NHS prescription costs will rise by 25p to 7.65, MPs were told today.
Patients living in Scotland receive free prescriptions.
The changes in the amounts charged for NHS services were outlined in a written statement to Parliament by Health Minister Simon Burns.
The cost of a prescription payment certificate (PPC) valid for three months will remain at 29.10 and the price of an annual PPC will be held at 104.
Mr Burns said: 'PPCs offer savings for those needing four or more items in three months or 14 or more items in one year.'
Between July and September 2011, 241.6million prescriptions were dispensed according to the NHS Information Centre. However, many people qualify for free prescriptions including those over 60, under 18 and in full-time education, pregnant women, those on income support or who need drugs to treat the effects of cancer.
The changes will be made in regulations laid before Parliament shortly.
The dental charge payable for a 'band 1' course of treatment – examination, diagnosis and advice, includes X-rays, a scale and polish and planning for further work if necessary – will rise 50p to 17.50.
Band 2 charges, covering fillings, root canal treatment and extractions, will rise by 1 to 48.
For Band 3 work, such as crowns, dentures and bridges, the cost will increase by 5 to 209.
In Scotland a dental examination is free, however they must pay 80 per cent of the treatment costs including X-rays up to 384.
Mr Burns said: 'Dental charges represent an important contribution to the overall cost of dental services.
'The exact amount raised will be dependent upon the level and type of primary care trusts and the proportion of charge-paying patients who attend dentists and the level of treatment they require.'
Prescriptions will cost 7.65 each from April 1. This is up 25p from 2011 and up 45p from 2010
Charges for elastic stockings and tights, wigs and fabric supports supplied by hospitals will also be increased.
The value of vouchers for glasses for children, people on low incomes and those with complex sight problems will increase by 2.5 per cent overall.
A Department of Health spokesman said: 'The Government is investing an extra 12.5 billion in the NHS. And we are cutting back on bureaucracy, releasing an extra 4.5 billion for patient services.
'In England, around 90 per cent of prescription items are dispensed free.
'We have frozen the price of both the three month and the 12 month prescription pre-payment certificate so that anyone who needs 14 or more prescription items in a year can get all the prescriptions they need for an average cost of 2 per week.'