§ 29. Miss Melanie Johnson
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action the Government are taking to reduce prescription fraud. 133W
§ 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.