A man presented a legitimate prescription (signed by a out-of-hours service doctor) at a community pharmacy in November last year. Pharmacy contacted the out-of-hours service then called the police.
The board papers show the pharmacy contacted IC24 who “confirmed no record of the patient being seen by an IC24 doctor”.
However, subsequently IC24 changed its view and said that the prescription was “in fact not fraudulent”.
“The patient was seen by an IC24 doctor in A&E, where consultations are recorded on a different IT system.”
The news is reported by DigitalHealth. The main issue is the more stringent checks for free prescription entitlement introduced by the government in 2014 asking pharmacists to ‘police it’.