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The National Health Service (Free Prescriptions and Charges for Drugs and Appliances) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2016

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These Regulations amend the National Health Service (Free Prescriptions and Charges for Drugs and Appliances) (Scotland) Regulations 2011 (“the principal Regulations”). The principal Regulations provide that where a person provides pharmaceutical services to a patient who presents an English prescription form, that person must make and recover from the patient the charges specified in the National Health Service (Charges for Drugs and Appliances) Regulations 2015 (S.I. 2015/570) as at a specified date, unless certain exemptions apply.

Regulation 2 updates the principal Regulations so that the charge to be made will reflect the rate applicable under those Regulations as at 1st April 2016. That applicable rate was amended by S.I. 2016/325. Those Regulations specify the following charges:

  • £8.40 per item, or £16.80 per pair, in relation to the supply of elastic hosiery;

  • £8.40 in relation to the supply of any other appliance;

  • £8.40 in relation to the supply of each quantity of a drug.

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