Prescriptions: Fees and Charges

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 12th December 2018.

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Photo of Peter Kyle Peter Kyle Labour, Hove

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many NHS prescription penalty notices were issued between August 2017 and August 2018; and how many recipients of those notices have subsequently been confirmed as having made a valid claim for free prescriptions.

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

The NHS Business Services Authority (BSA) issued 1,306,138 prescription penalty charge notices between August 2017 and August 2018. The NHS BSA subsequently received notification that 302,761 of these went to people who had a valid prescription charge exemption. Such instances commonly arise when there is a data mismatch, due to an address or name change, and the NHS BSA can cancel the penalty charges upon being contacted by the recipient.

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