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Question reference: S6W-07436

  • Asked by: Elena Whitham, MSP for Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: 17 March 2022
  • Current status: Answered by Maree Todd on 29 March 2022


To ask the Scottish Government what information it has on the most recent known levels of charges for (a) NHS prescriptions and (b) eye tests in Scotland, and how this compares with (i) England and (ii) Wales.


Prescription charges were abolished in Scotland on 1 April 2011. The prescription charge in England is £9.35 per item from 1 April 2021. Prescription charges were abolished in Wales on 1 April 2007.

Unlike England and Wales, Scotland provides free NHS-funded eye examinations to all UK residents under General Ophthalmic Services arrangements.