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BMJ 1998; 316 doi: (Published 07 March 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:723

Prescription charges rise in UK: Fees for NHS prescriptions are to rise by 15p, from £5.65 to £5.80 per item, from 1 April. The increase is the first introduced by this Labour government, which, when in opposition, criticised the charge as a tax on ill people. Prescription charges, which will raise £365m a year, are being examined in the government's …

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