Prescriptions: Universal Credit

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 5th December 2018.

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Photo of Grahame Morris Grahame Morris Labour, Easington

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what guidance his Department has provided to (a) GP surgeries and (b) pharmacies on the use of prescription forms that do not include a tick box for universal credit.

Photo of Steve Brine Steve Brine The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

Holding answer received on 04 December 2018

Completion of the FP10 prescription form, including any declaration of exemption from paying prescription charges, is the responsibility of the patient. Universal Credit claimants who meet the criteria for free National Health Service prescriptions, should tick box K for income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance on the patient declaration until the prescription form is updated to include a tick box for Universal Credit. Advice on this matter is available on the websites for the NHS Business Services Authority and the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee and accessible to dispensing doctors and pharmacists.

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