People with diabetes who have been unfairly fined for claiming free prescriptions will be reimbursed, it has been confirmed on the back of a Diabetes UK campaign.
Since September 2014, thousands of people with diabetes have been fined up to £100 for not having a valid medical exemption certificate. The need for a medical exemption certificate had been poorly communicated to people with diabetes for years. Many people had claimed free prescriptions without any problems since they were first diagnosed without having a certificate.
Following campaigning by the charity, Health Minister Dan Poulter has instructed the NHS Business Service Authority (NHS BSA) to write to people who have been issued with a penalty charge explaining how they can get the penalty charge cancelled or refunded. To read more, click here.