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Cancer could kill me, but I face an NHS fine over prescriptions

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You recently reported on pregnant women being fined for claiming free prescriptions without having received an exemption certificate.

I am very worried, because I was diagnosed with stage 3 inflammatory breast cancer in early 2020 and was told I was entitled to free prescriptions for five years (if I lived that long!). I’ve therefore not paid for one since, but now realise that I never received a certificate.

Other women in my cancer support group say they never got one, either. Treatment lasted 16 months, including chemotherapy, mastectomy and radiotherapy.

I have a comorbidity and have prescriptions every 30 days, plus other prescriptions from time to time. NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) told me to get a form from my GP and to appeal against any fine once I had the certificate.

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