Revealed:The chaotic free prescription and dental treatment scandal

Yes, yet another fiasco to do with benefits, health charges and other areas for vulnerable persons who could certainly do without it.

In this computer age, what is anyone doing about it, apparently nothing, except confuse, annoy and cause serious concern to many vulnerable people.

We hear that computers can do almost anything, but the computers at the DWP and their programmes appear to be stuck in the Stone Age.

Why can not processes be put in place so that benefits are processed and at the switch of a button one or more benefits stop and the new benefits commence, thereby no waiting periods.

These benefit programmes connect with other areas such as prescriptions so that on processing a prescriptio it comes up at a Pharmacy if the prescriptions are free or to be paid for.

Now we hear so much about the NHS being free at the point of delivery, but not prescriptions, so are they not part of the NHS process?

In fact when the NHS was formed in 1948, the free at the point of delivery did not last long, just vover a year or so, because a prescription charge of 1 shilling became payable.

Now there are more charges, for Opticians and Dentists, so how many more are on the horizon.

When charges are made, this restricts the access for some persons and they then do without, so storing medical problems for the future causing more exprense for the NHS.

There needs to be a system overall so the NHS can go back to be free at the point of delivery for all NHS services and to also include Social Care.

As lack of Social Care will and is causing even more costs to the NHS.

Social and health care need to run in tandem with each other, as they are tightly associated for the many.

Westminster Confidential

An example of an attempt to check whether you are entitled to a free prescription by Trent Valley Surgery

If you are under 60 and over 16 do you know when you can get a free prescription and free dental treatment? No, if you don’t you are in good company and if you claim could even be one of 1.7 million people in England and Wales falsely sent a £100 penalty by the NHS.

A absolutely scathing report out today from MPs on the Commons Public Accounts Committee today describes the whole system for regulating free prescriptions and dental services as ” not fit for purpose “.

It reveals that despite a so called 24 page ” simplified ” guide telling you when you qualify most people are completely confused and rightly so.And if you get it wrong you are automatically guilty of fraud and get a £100 penalty fine…

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