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Nearly three quarters of a million people falsely claiming exemption from the prescription fee in England have been detected. Since NHS Business Services Authority began checking eligibility for free prescriptions in September 2014, it has issued 747,790 penalty charge notices, and over a third of these have been followed up with a surcharge.

According to figures published by health and social care minister Alistair Burt MP, NHSBSA had issued the penalty charge notices where someone claimed exemption on the basis that they held a valid exemption certificate but this could not be verified by the NHSBSA. “A further 278,053 surcharge letters have been issued to follow up on penalty charge notices which have not been resolved through payment, cancellation (due to correction of erroneous information, for example) or waiving of the penalty charge.”

Mr Burt published the figures in response to a written question submitted by Jeff Smith, MP for Withington in Manchester. NHSBSA had supplied figures for the 20 months from September 2014 to April 2016.

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