NHS agency falsely accuses more than 340,000 of prescription fraud

Penalty notice system is dysfunctional, warns head of patients’ group

Hundreds of thousands of NHS patients are being wrongly accused of fraudulently claiming free prescriptions and are being threatened with fines.

Data released under the Freedom of Information Act shows that 1,052,430 penalty notices were issued to patients in England in 2017 – about double the level in the previous year.

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