An awareness campaign has been launched by NHS England (NHSE), and the NHS Business Services Authority to reduce mis-claiming of free prescriptions. Misuse of free prescription claims costs the NHS £250m every year.
As part of this campaign, an online tool has been launched guiding people through checking their eligibility, and to confirm that any exemption certificates they hold are still valid. NHSE have reiterated the importance of people taking responsibility for checking whether they are eligible, and have also highlighted the role of pharmacists in being able to explain the system to patients in order to ensure they are complying with the rules.
The online tools can be found here.