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Type 1: Prescription fine

Discussion in 'Type 1 Diabetes' started by molivers73, Nov 26, 2014.

  1. Maelstrom

    Maelstrom Prediabetes · Member

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    Just to satisfy my own curiosity I did a bit of googling and found these freedom of information requests

    https://www.ppa.org.uk/NHSBSA_foiRequest/foiRequestDetail.do?bo_id=5115

    https://www.ppa.org.uk/NHSBSA_foiRequest/foiRequestDetail.do?bo_id=4961

    https://www.ppa.org.uk/NHSBSA_foiRequest/foiRequestDetail.do?bo_id=4939

    https://www.ppa.org.uk/NHSBSA_foiRequest/foiRequestDetail.do?bo_id=4934

    And I did manage to find a point of dispensing check booklet from 1999 that has an image of the much talked about old paper style exemption certificate though its a bit blurry

    http://www.cohenschemistonline.co.uk/images/docs/prescriptions_and_exemptions.pdf
     
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  2. softgirl123

    softgirl123 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I will let u know how i get on .i have paid for this prescription now.as i got not realising mec was out od date.after years of pharmacy not asking as i had one in 03.
    Right paid for the presciption now.after not realising out of date.so no basis for penalty.i will let u know how i get on .
     
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  3. Mr TEL

    Mr TEL Type 1 · Member

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    There are people in this world who seem determined make life as difficult as possible for us diabetics. I've been diabetic since 1970, and have experienced this from teachers, employers, airport staff, bouncers and practice managers to name but a few. You're certainly not alone; a few years ago I was told that my exemption card needed renewing, and so went about getting it updated. Despite me supplying all the relevant information, they swore they had no records of me ever having one. I then had to go through all the hassle of starting from scratch, including a signed letter from the GP.

    Your best bet is to write to them, explaining everything as you have done on here. Hopefully they'll waive the fine, or maybe telephone them in the hope that you might get to speak to a real human being. Ignore the nasty comments on here.
     
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  4. Mr TEL

    Mr TEL Type 1 · Member

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    Great post!! I think you've just shed some light on what's really going on here.
     
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  5. Seriously_Sax1989

    Seriously_Sax1989 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Well I've got my certificate and went to pick up my Levemir last week, the pharmacist handed me my levemir but didn't give me the paperwork to sign so I asked about it and he replied there was no problem because he would sign it! Now I'm not sure what's been said to who and when but it seems we're all being told different things!
     
  6. Fujifilm

    Fujifilm · Well-Known Member

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    My situation is slightly different, I received a letter in August to say that my certificate was about to expire. So I filled in the form and posted it with a covering letter to my doctor and I still have the covering letter. As far as I was aware it was done. My Mum asked me last week if I had a certificate because she had read about the fines.

    So today I phoned them to enquire why no certificate had been sent, they said they had no record of a form being sent in by my doctor!

    They made note on the system that I had called. Today I went to the doctor filled in another form.

    The chances are I am now going to get fined for not having a valid certificate for six months. Even though as far I was concerned the Doctor had sent it.

    The nice lady on the phone told me it was my responsibility to have a valid certificate and proof that I had filled in a form and given it to the doctor was not enough! My suggestion to everyone is do not rely on your doctor sending the form, send it yourself recorded delivery. Although it appears even that is not enough you will still get fined.
     
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  7. softgirl123

    softgirl123 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    yes and thank you.
     
  8. softgirl123

    softgirl123 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    and i have mine.cant wait to use it..its so confusing for people.people not sure what to do.,its all guess work.if u cant beat them join them.we have to be as smart .find that loop hole..
     
  9. Gaz-M

    Gaz-M Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    filled the form in a week gone Friday, went to the Dr,s to put a prescription in and asked if it had been posted as I have not heard anything yet and getting really low on some meds. It only got sent off this Friday :( slow or what?
     
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  10. softgirl123

    softgirl123 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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  11. angelicbaby

    angelicbaby Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Looks like the fools at the NHS Business Service Authority did not consider the amount of Medical Exemption forms they would receive in the period after their clampdown and now there looks to be a backlog of cards waiting to be sent to patients. Hope you receive your card shortly. If you have to get your meds, please ask the chemist for a receipt form FP57 and pay for the prescription. The form should explain how to obtain your refund from the NHSBSA.
     
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  12. softgirl123

    softgirl123 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    i believe it takes 7 to 10 working days.from when nhsbsa receive it.unless they have changed the length of time it takes.!
     
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  13. softgirl123

    softgirl123 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    may be they should be given a penaltry.if they cant do it in 7 to 10 days.!and practice what they preach..better go b4 i say too much,
     
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  14. softgirl123

    softgirl123 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    i would do a special delivery to make sure it gets there but 6pounds 40..if i have remembered right.as isent penalty this way.or very least send it recorded delivery.about 2pounds i think.all leters i would fax if possable and keep what u faxed.same thing happened to me at mone i was waiting for an eye appointment but it never come went last week .letter got lost.sent to doc in june.last year.
     
  15. Bigwatty

    Bigwatty Type 1 · Newbie

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    Just to add my experience - type 1 for 42 years never had to fill any forms (maybe my parents did but they both died some years ago). As a result of the penalty charge notice I have written to Jeremy Hunt secretary of state for health, my local MP, who wrote to the chair of the NHSBSA, the CEO of the NHSBSA, and am now in phase two of their complaints procedure. I will not pay the fine unless ordered to do by a court. Ignorance of the law is not a valid defence in a criminal court but in cases like this, where there have been changes in procedures that nobody has been told about it seems fair.
     
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  16. softgirl123

    softgirl123 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    i am sure it will be all sorted out .people have had penaltrys waived.as a ruleis i have seen it on herethat u cantnot give a penalty to someone unless they do something knowingly.people have been adviced to pay for one prescription.to avoild the penaltry.think they dont have a basis for a penaltry.if u read some of these posts .it gives u hope.u learn things from the people on here.its the principle of all this.but i am sure it will get sorted.it could take some time though .i bet there are alot of complaints going through.mean while apply for your medical excemption certificate.and u have all the suport of all the lovely people on here.good luck.
     
  17. softgirl123

    softgirl123 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    as long as u have got that medical excemption certificate.guard it with your dear life!
     
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  18. Samg

    Samg Type 1 · Newbie

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    Hi all, am new here but not to diabetes
    Have received penalty charge for exemption card being out of date, which most certainly was but I had no idea it was important to my entitlement to free prescriptions. Have applied for new card and rang to explain all this thinking it would be fine, apparently not, was told that it wasn't my diabetes that made me exempt from charges but the card (which I am entitled to because of the diabetes) uhhhhh
    What will happen if I refuse to pay
     
  19. Samg

    Samg Type 1 · Newbie

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    Thanks for that will have a look now
     
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  20. softgirl123

    softgirl123 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    not sure ,u couldbe taken to court.some1 on here pay for the perscription u shouldnt have to i know.then they have no basis for a penaltry .i have done this but not heard anything yet .they dont seem to answer the emails.make be they r checking there wording .and the law about this.i will let u know.
     
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