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a man pharmacy prescriptionMarch 1 2018

People wishing to claim exemption from NHS fees and charges will no longer be issued with plastic cards as proof of exemption.

NHS Business Services Authority has announced it is phasing out the current plastic cards which are used for prescription prepayment certificates, maternity exemption certificates, medical exemption certificates and Tax Credit Exemption certificates.

It’s long term intention is to issue digital certificates, but as an interim measure, people will be issued with paper certificates as part of the NHS BSA service improvement programme. “Replacing the plastic cards will also generate savings for the NHS and reduce the impact on the environment,” it said.

“The first exemption cards to be changed from plastic to paper will be Tax Credit Exemption Certificates. From March 2018 these will be replaced by a double sided A4 paper certificate. The information on the paper certificate will be very similar to that on the plastic cards,” said NHS BSA.

“Over the next few months paper certificates will begin to replace cards for maternity exemption, medical exemption and prescription prepayment certificates. It will take up to five years for the plastic cards to be fully phased out so in the meantime both forms of exemption will continue to be accepted as long as they are within their expiry date.”

PSNC has advised pharmacy contractors: “Pharmacy teams should note it is the patient’s responsibility to make an accurate declaration. Checks are carried out on prescriptions claimed under exemption for fraudulent claims.

“Where patients do not have evidence or where there is doubt over whether the evidence provided is appropriate, mark the ‘Evidence Not Seen’ box on the reverse of the prescription. Pharmacy staff need not refuse to dispense items on the basis that the patient does not provide evidence of their entitlement to free prescriptions.”

Links:
NHSBSA announcement           
PSNC statement          

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