HC Deb 24 March 1998 vol 309 cc132-3W
29. Miss Melanie Johnson

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action the Government are taking to reduce prescription fraud. [34397]

Mr. Milburn

On 7 January, we announced a comprehensive programme of action, which includes plans to create a specific criminal offence of prescription charge evasion, improvements to prescription form security, the establishment of a hotline and internet websites for reporting suspected fraud, and the forthcoming appointment of a Fraud Supremo to spearhead this initiative.

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