Prescriptions: Fees and Charges

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 10th December 2018.

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Photo of Dan Jarvis Dan Jarvis Labour, Barnsley Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of people who have faced charges as a result of claiming for free prescriptions to which they were not entitled to were on universal credit or any other form of welfare payment in each year for which information is available.

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

The NHS Business Services Authority (NHS BSA) delivers the Prescription Exemption Checking Service and first began prescription exemption checks relating to Department for Work and Pensions benefits in June 2017.

The NHS BSA reports that it issued a total of 1,863,098 prescription penalty charge notices between 4 June 2017 and 30 November 2018. Of these 508,830 went to people who ticked an exemption box relating to a Department for Work and Pensions benefit.

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