Fraudulent prescription claims cost NHS Suffolk £1.9m

People making claims for free prescriptions cost the NHS in Suffolk £1.9m last year, it has been revealed.

NHS Suffolk has warned people making such claims that it is entitled to issues penalty fines up to five times the cost of a prescription.

NHS Suffolk's counter fraud specialist Wendy Boother said it was each person's responsibility to know whether they were entitled to a free prescription.

She said anyone aware of fraudulent claims should contact NHS Suffolk.

Ms Boother said: "Many people are entitled to claim a free prescription, sight test or dental treatment due to their age or because they have a specific medical condition or are on a low income.

"However, some people who claim are not entitled to do so.

"In some cases people may have made a genuine mistake. In other cases it is a deliberate attempt to avoid paying the charges."

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