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Criminal Offences

Health written question – answered on 16th May 2002.

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Photo of Andrew Turner Andrew Turner Conservative, Isle of Wight

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many criminal offences have been (a) created and (b) abolished by his Department since 1997.

Photo of Hazel Blears Hazel Blears Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health)

In relation to countering fraud in the national health service, section 39 of the Health Act 1999 introduced a new specific criminal offence for evasion of NHS charges. The offence attracts a fine, on conviction of up to £2,500. This is the first time that legislation has been introduced to create a criminal offence for people who fail to pay any amount in respect of NHS charges or receive a payment or benefit towards the cost of NHS charges or services to which they are not entitled.

No offences in relation to countering fraud in the NHS have been abolished.

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