Cost of prescriptions set to increase

The cost of prescriptions on the Island is set to increase under plans revealed by the Department of Health and Social Care.

The Department is seeking feedback from the public on its proposals, which includes increasing the cost of each item from £3.85 to £5, and ending a number of exemptions.

If approved, the plans would end free medication for those of pensionable age under 75, those with certain medical conditions such as visual impairments and pregnant women.

In the consultation document, Health Minister Kate Beecroft says her Department needs to deliver value for money by reducing waste and generating income.

None of the changes will be brought in unless the National Health and Care Service Scheme is approved by Tynwald.

Full details of the public consultation and how to respond can be found on the Government's website.