NHS prescription fraud put at pounds 200m

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NHS prescription fraud put at pounds 200m

The National Health Service could be losing pounds 200m a year through prescription fraud. Health minister Alan Milburn announced a crackdown on prescription fraud last week after a government-appointed team of independent experts said some GPs, pharmacists and patients were cheating the NHS out of pounds 100m. But a BBC1 Panorama programme screened tonight says a separate investigation by the local NHS watchdog, the Healthcare Financial Management Association, shows up to pounds 200m is being fiddled.

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