Fraudulent prescriptions to be a thing of the past

Medical Devices

NHS England and the NHS Business Services Authority have launched a new campaign that they hope will in their own words “help people understand their eligibility for free prescriptions”. The intent is to put a stop to the millions of pounds worth of prescriptions that are incorrectly or fraudulently claimed free of charge on an annual basis, which is costing the NHS in the region of £256 million every year. The campaign will also highlight the point that the NHS Business Services Authority audit the prescriptions on a monthly basis, and any patient found to be incorrectly claiming a free prescription might face a penalty charge of up to £100.

“NHS England and the NHS Business Services Authority have launched a new campaign that they hope will in their own words “help people understand their eligibility for free prescriptions”. “

Chief pharmaceutical officer for NHS England, Keith Ridge, said: “Free prescriptions ensure that at-risk groups of people get the medication they need, but it’s crucial that this support also offers best value for taxpayers. Pharmacy teams are at the front-line in helping people understand the criteria for free prescriptions, and because mistaken claims place an extra cost burden on the NHS, it’s important that patients, carers and pharmacists know how and when they can make a claim.”

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