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New checks to crack down on free prescription fraud

Patients claiming free prescriptions in England face checks before medicine is issued in an effort to stamp out fraud.

Prescription fraud currently costs the NHS in England an estimated £256m a year.

A new digitised system to be piloted next year will mean pharmacies can instantly verify who is entitled to free medication.

But pharmacists have opposed similar plans in the past, saying they harm patient trust.

Read more: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-45850140