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NHS prescription charges penalty notice

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

  1. Dianne Blackburn

    Dianne Blackburn · Newbie

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    You shouldnt have to re apply as your diabetes is never going to go away, you should get one for life
     
  2. Dcooperxyz

    Dcooperxyz Type 1 · Member

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    All these fines have been cancelled ! Contact the British diabetic association for confirmation of this . NHS blantently lie about sending reminders they don't send them .
     
  3. Dcooperxyz

    Dcooperxyz Type 1 · Member

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    Dear all,
    Common sense has prevailed please see below from Diabetes UK. The fines are being cancelled and all money refunded>

    Dear Darren,

    We have some good news to share with you!

    Over the past week we have received two letters from Health Minister Dan Poulter.

    He has instructed the NHS Business Services Authority (NHS BSA) to change the way penalty charges are issued to people without medical exemption certificates and confirmed that penalty charges will be cancelled or refunded to people as long as they get a medical exemption certificate within 60 days of being contacted.

    From March 17 any penalty charges issued by the NHS BSA will be cancelled if people apply for a valid medical exemption certificate within 60 days of receiving the letter.

    The NHS BSA will be writing to anyone who was issued with a penalty charge between 17 September 2014 and 17 March 2014. Anyone who has paid a penalty charge will be able to get it paid back if they have already got a medical exemption certificate or if they apply for one within 60 days of being contacted. Any outstanding penalty charges will be cancelled if people have a medical exemption certificate or get one within 60 days of receiving the letter.

    We have not been given any timescales by the NHS BSA but if you were unable to get the penalty charge waived then you will be receiving a letter from them shortly.

    Prescription charges will not be refunded and people will still be required to pay for prescriptions if they are issued with a penalty charge under the new system. This is because it is written into legislation and we are wary that any change in the law might risk reducing the amount of people who are entitled to free prescriptions. This is not something anyone is considering but it is why we won’t be campaigning for a change in the law.

    One thing that has remained the same is the need for a medical exemption certificate if you are in England, aged between 18 and 60, and taking medication for your diabetes. Hopefully you have now got a certificate but if you haven’t then you need to ask your GP’s surgery for form FP92A.

    If you have paid a penalty charge please let us know when you receive a letter from the NHS BSA. We are keen to make sure everyone who has paid a penalty charge gets their money back.

    Finally, thank you! People with diabetes who were affected by this helped us convince the Government to sort it out. Even by just writing to us about your experiences you gave us a real insight to the problems people with diabetes were facing. The amount of people who wrote to their MP, tweeted Dan Poulter or complained to the NHS BSA put them in a position where they couldn’t ignore us anymore. Thanks!

    If you have any questions about the changes do email us or give us a ring.

    Best wishes,

    Luke Thorne & Heather Bird

    Policy and Public Affairs Team

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    T+44 (0)20 7424 1858 |F+44 (0)20 7424 1001
     
  4. JAFFA281160

    JAFFA281160 Type 2 · Newbie

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    If u explain to the fine section that u moved house recently and had the worries and pressure of moving house at the time the exemption was due for renewal you have mitigating circumstances and moving home is classified as one of the most stressful things u can undergo in life.....THEY WILL CANCEL FINE .... I HAVE DONE THIS RECENTLY .....so I KNOW ITS CORRECT
     
  5. Johnski

    Johnski Type 1 · Newbie

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    We have free prescriptions in Wales, do I still need one or have to apply for the exemption certificate, just in case away in England and need drugs? As no one who has a permanent residence in Wales has to pay for Prescription charges, healthy or otherwise, I have over five conditions for exemption, who would I apply to, as they aren't issued in this Country anymore as far as I know? Sure to need something eventually when in England more now, due to work, and holidays.
    I had one many, many years ago but that ran out over at least ten years ago.
     
  6. lovinglife

    lovinglife Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I would think you would have to have a permanent address in England to have an exemption card - I may be wrong - you are best phoning the department that deals with them for advice
     
  7. ally1

    ally1 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I do think if getting prescription in England that you will have to pay but you could phone to find out
     
  8. luceeloo

    luceeloo Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I think that it would possibly be a case of planning ahead and making sure that you had enough medication before you left for your trip (most GP's will accommodate this for the run-of-the-mill type of medication). As far as applying goes, my GP did it for me, I just had to sign a form.
     
  9. ladybird64

    ladybird64 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    And if youre type 2 who no longer needs medication? Why should it be for life?
     
  10. frankbegbie

    frankbegbie · Well-Known Member

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    Just a heads up for anyone recieving free dental treatment.
    When you move onto the retirement pension, free treatment ceases.

    As I found out to my cost; had to pay for the treatment plus a fine.
    Even though I signed the exemption form in all innocence they still made me pay.
    Over £200 in all.
     
  11. Duncan57

    Duncan57 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I suggest you fill in form HC1. This is to apply for reduction in charges for dental treatment, prescriptions, eye tests and the cost of glasses. Yes, I know those over 60 and diabetics get free prescriptions and free eye checks. But this form will help you get a reduction in dental costs if on low income. If in doubt fill the form in anyway as you have nothing to lose. Also get a benefit check at the Citizens Advice in case you are entitled to extra benefits.
     
  12. Duncan57

    Duncan57 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Are there type 2's who do not need medication?
     
  13. frankbegbie

    frankbegbie · Well-Known Member

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    Thanks, I'll look into it.
    edit: Just ordered the forms online.
    Like you say I might as well have it as not.
     
    #113 frankbegbie, Sep 7, 2017 at 9:31 PM
    Last edited: Sep 8, 2017
  14. ladybird64

    ladybird64 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Most definitely Duncan, myself included. I chose not to take medication on diagnosis, and only took one Metformin starting a couple years back, after treatment for something else. According to my GP, I'm no longer diabetic, my A1C has been in normal range for so long.
     
  15. evj95

    evj95 Type 1 · Active Member

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    Anyone know if they are still handing out fines to this date? Foolishly have signed my first prescription as I had a medical exemption certificate, as was told at the hospital "You now get prescriptions for life." and followed this up with the pharmacist and was told to tick the medical exemption one, when at the time I didn't have one.

    However, I have now been to my GP and filled out the paperwork to receive one and I just hope that it doesn't take 3 days for the doctor to sign it, like he did with my sick note.
     
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