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NHS prescription charges penalty notice

Discussion in 'Benefits' started by gazzab, Oct 29, 2014.

  1. anna29

    anna29 Type 2 · Well-Known Member
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    Its not been easy either DD - more to do with the community pharmacist .
    Nailing him down to attend the PPG meetings was hard going with myself !
    Gave him weeks/months in advance meeting dates/times repeatedly .
    He kept using shoddy excuses to try and get out of attending :mad::arghh:

    Had to keep on at him to support us in our community by "attending"
    Eventually I said if you attend - you wont have me keep nagging you
    about this .
    So he gave in or up ? Dunno which one of these?
    Attended and it ended up being a pleasant
    experience for him and very productive for the acting GP/receptionists .
    Plus he got ME off his case too ;):)
     
  2. CollieBoy

    CollieBoy Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I assume by PM you mean practice manager, not that you are blowing David Cameron's trumpet!
     
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  3. donnellysdogs

    donnellysdogs Type 1 · Master

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    Am I blowing Camerons trumpet??

    Just thought it was good to have good relations between patients trying to be active and Practice Manager being good too? (I am just grateful for the care I've had in last 30 years of diabetes...)
     
  4. kellpam

    kellpam · Newbie

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    So, I have also just received one of these penalty charge notices - they must be on a roll! Also for £96.50.
    Having suffered this chronic and INCURABLE disease for nearly 40 years, why the hell do I need a little card that says I can have free prescriptions??? my condition dictates that I can have free prescriptions - prescriptions I hasten to add that help to keep me alive! I'm not some druggie trying to get methadone for free, I NEED these to live! I don't get asked for evidence of my diabetes every time I go to the opticians for my eye check up! I have been asked for my card approximately once ever since I can remember. On challenging NHS BSA this evening as to why pharmacists don't ask for the certificate on presenting a prescription I was told that they won't challenge as they 'don't want to deny anybody their medicine' but just tick a box to say they've not seen the certificate. I don't bloomin care about being denied my medicine - ASK ME! My card ran out a while ago and they send the reminder to my old address, when I moved I informed all my utilities, sky, bt etc, etc AND my doctors, hospital, optician and all of my healthcare people - why on earth would I think that I'd have to inform these people? I'm all for taking responsibility for my condition and have done so incredibly well since it's inception at 6 years of age but this is just a farcical money making scheme - we don't pay for the certificates, we're not de-frauding the NHS so why fine people???
    Oh well, guess I'll just have to cut down on my blood tests and not take as much insulin!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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  5. ben21

    ben21 Type 1 · Member

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    Hi there.
    I am in very similar position. My fine expires today. I AM NOT PAYING!!! The reason for my non payment is I did not have a card for 35 yrs - whats to stop them asking for more. I will not pay a penny... and i will argue the case in court if needs be.

    I am writing a letter to very clearly explain this to them. May contact a Newspaper as well to get a story going - and get this heard about.

    Regards

    Ben
     
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  6. sunshine84

    sunshine84 Type 1 · Active Member

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    I have already replied to a few of these threads about these fines and now I have just received one.:( My card expired in November and since I had moved house I didn't get the reminder. Fortunately I realised in December so I was only without a certificate for a month. They have waited until now to send me the fine even though they can see I have a valid certificate. I am really upset about this, I haven't got loads of money and this isn't something I've budgeted for. I realise it is my responsibility to have a valid certificate but I rectified my mistake as soon as I discovered it was out of date. I've written them a strongly worded email and sent my MP an email so I'm hoping he can help too.

    It's just got me a bit upset and cross, even when you try and sort out your mistake they still get you!
     
  7. carol1506

    carol1506 · Newbie

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    I too had a penalty fine from the nhs for £120 I have been type 1 since 2007. I wasn't aware u needed to have a exemption. My dr never informed me about this all he said was now u will get free prescriptions. When I spoke to the nhs. About this they said I had to pay the fine. Luckily I am on benefits so the case was closed
     
  8. carol1506

    carol1506 · Newbie

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    I agree with you entirely. I too wasn't going to pay my fine. I also would have gone to court. End of the day even though we haven't had a exemption. Card. We are still diabetic so in my opinion we haven't commited any fraud.
     
  9. carol1506

    carol1506 · Newbie

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    Do not pay u haven't deliberately done this. It was a genuine mistake. Stand yr ground and if they take u to court. I doubt u will be found guilty. Yr still a diabetic and nothing's going to change this
     
  10. carol1506

    carol1506 · Newbie

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    It's absolutely disgusting that us diabetics are being targeted. I for one. Would gladly pay for any medicine. I need if I could trade it for not having to inject everyday just to stay alive.
     
  11. sunshine84

    sunshine84 Type 1 · Active Member

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    I only got the letter on sat so havent paid. I really dont want to pay but dont want my credit rating to be affected if I dont. I emailed my MP about it and just had a reply saying they are going to contact the prescription checking service on my behalf. Hopefully that will help!

    Sent from the Diabetes Forum App
     
  12. tim2000s

    tim2000s Type 1 · Moderator
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    I'm not sure that diabetics are being targeted. All those who claim free prescriptions will be receiving the same treatment - this just happens to be a diabetic forum so it looks like diabetics are being targeted!
     
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  13. donnellysdogs

    donnellysdogs Type 1 · Master

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    It would have been better to have had a petition asking for the government to review the NHS England method of reviewing the way they are targetting all penalty charges (they aren't classified as fines) and asking them to change the systems to only target the knowing fraudsters..
     
  14. Gaz-M

    Gaz-M Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I applied on Friday for a card, was unware I needed 1 until I saw it on the BBC news website.

    Ive been type 1 for 42 year and always though no card was required, I hope I do not need another perscription until the card comes (and before any fines come too)
     
  15. sunshine84

    sunshine84 Type 1 · Active Member

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    That would be much more sensible to target those who are claiming who arent actually entitled to an exemption certificate! It would be an interesting freedom of information request to see what percentage of fines are being sent to people who will never qualify for a certificate and those who through admin/busy life error just dont have an up to date certificate.

    Sent from my GT-I9100P using DCUK Forum mobile app
     
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  16. lovinglife

    lovinglife Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    You can pay for your scripts to avoid a fine and then claim it back when your card arrives ( this only applies if you are waiting for a card to come and only for one month - my new card took 5 days my hubby's 4 days)
     
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  17. Gaz-M

    Gaz-M Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Thank you lovinglife, hopefully mine will be here this week :)
     
  18. Andrew61827

    Andrew61827 Type 1 · Newbie

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    Currently in the process of attempting to contest this charge and received this from my MP's secretary today:- (I have replaced my MP's name with X)

    Please find attached the response X has received from the NHS Business Services Authority who have decided to uphold the decision to fine you. I appreciate that this will be disappointing for you. It appears me to that the system is not designed to (nor does it have the capacity) deal with complaints, and there quite simply is no appeals process as such. The system seems is so rigid that they have an obligation under the Regulations to issue fines for any prescriptions ‘falsely’ claimed.


    X feels this is unfair and will raise the inflexibility of the system with the relevant Government minister. However I must stress that even if she writes today I would certainly not expect a response in advance of the 03 March 2015 deadline you have to pay the fine by, so unfortunately I would recommend that you should pay the fine before it increases.


    I will of course ensure you receive a copy of the response from the Minister. Really sorry I couldn’t be of any further immediate assistance.


    Happy to discuss if you have any questions.


    Best wishes
     
  19. donnellysdogs

    donnellysdogs Type 1 · Master

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    Its not actually classified as a "fine" on the literature displayed in our GP ir on the NHS website... They describe it as a penalty charge but then threaten fines...
     
  20. Grumpy ole thing

    Grumpy ole thing Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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