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NHS Fines Teenager With Mental Age 2 For Free Dental Checkup

February 26, 2019

Managers in the NHS have fined a severely disabled teenager £100 and threatened her with debt collectors over a free dental checkup.

Aimee Morrow, 19, who has round-the-clock care and a mental age of two, was accused of wrongly claiming a free check-up. She was also warned that she would face a £50 surcharge if the fine was not paid.

The case is one of more than 1.4m penalty charge notices sent out by the NHS each year to patients it believes have claimed free dental care or prescriptions to which they are not entitled.

The practice faces investigation by the National Audit Office (NAO) over claims that hundreds of thousands of vulnerable patients are being wrongly targeted.

John Morrow, 62, Aimee’s father, said: “The whole thing was an absolute farce. I told them I was not going to pay it and they could take us to court. I am just appalled by the levels of incompetence.”

Morrow, from Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, said he tried to explain to officials that his daughter was entitled to free dental care because she is severely disabled and was attending a special school.

The correspondence warned that any debt, including the £20.60 cost of the check-up, could be transferred to the Akinika Debt Recovery firm. Morrow said he was unwilling to prove he had power of attorney — which was one option proposed by officials — because he was concerned about the legal costs of producing the documents. Officials eventually agreed to withdraw the fine after Morrow appealed to his daughter’s special school for help.

The NHS has powers under the National Health Service (Penalty Charge) Regulations 1999 to impose penalty charges on patients it considers to have claimed free dental care or prescriptions to which they are not entitled.

New figures published in a parliamentary answer last week reveal that the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) generated record revenues of £37.7m last year from penalty charge notices issued to patients — £13.8m relating to dental treatment and £23.8m for prescriptions. Over the past five years the fines have generated £128m.

Frank Field, the independent MP who obtained the new figures, said that in some cases penalty charges were being sent out because patients had filled in forms incorrectly. He said: “It’s appalling that people are getting into trouble by ticking the wrong box.”

In March last year NHSBSA sent a letter to Penelope Oliver informing her of a £100 penalty for a free dental check-up after she had her benefits withdrawn. It also issued a £43 penalty charge for a claim for free prescriptions.

One of the letters warned that unless she paid “we may start debt recovery proceedings through the county court”. Oliver, 54, from Whitstable, Kent, took her own life last June. It was reported that she had only a few pounds left in her bank account and was surrounded by payment demands.

The Labour Party is calling for the penalties to be scrapped, branding them a “disgrace”. The British Dental Association has warned that poorer families may stop going to the dentist because of concerns about the penalties, which it says are quashed in about nine out of 10 appeals.

One of the reasons for the many penalty notices sent in error is that until recently there was no tick box on the forms for patients on universal credit to claim free prescriptions or dental care.

The NAO announced an investigation this spring into the NHS penalty charge notices. The Department of Health and Social Care said it would continue to work “to ensure the current system is as fair and proportionate as possible”.

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  1. February 26, 2019 8:32 am

    NHS criminal abusers use CAPITA to defraud disabled people. –

    Aimee Morrow, from Wardley, Gateshead, was fined £100 after the NHS accused her of ‘misclaiming’ free NHS care – and threatened with an extra £50 surcharge if she contested the fine

    Fraud Act 2006 –
    http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2006/35/contents

    Misconduct in Public Office –
    http://www.cps.gov.uk/legal/l_to_o/misconduct_in_public_office/

    Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 –
    Witness Intimidation –
    http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1994/33/section/51

    Care Act 2014 – Safeguarding adults at risk of abuse or neglect –
    http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2014/23/section/42/enacted

    Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015 –
    Ill-treatment or wilful neglect: care worker offence –
    http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2015/2/section/20/enacted
    Ill-treatment or wilful neglect: care provider offence –
    http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2015/2/section/21/enacted

    Disability Hate Crime – Criminal Justice Act 2003 (section 146) –
    Increase in sentences for aggravation related to disability –
    http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2003/44/section/146

    So are these NHS Criminal Nonces in Prison yet???

    https://www.qegateshead.nhs.uk/board

    Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust Chairman – Julia Hickey –

    “Julia is a qualified accountant and was appointed as Chairman in July 2012.”

    Akinika Debt Recovery –

    https://www.akinika.co.uk/about-akinika.html

    “act on behalf of a number of public and private sector clients including HM Revenues & Customs, TV Licensing and The Department for Work & Pensions.”

    AKINIKA DEBT RECOVERY LIMITED – Company number 01242485
    https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/01242485/officers

    ***CAPITA*** GROUP SECRETARY LIMITED
    Correspondence address
    30 Berners Street, London, England, W1T 3LR

    https://www.akinika.co.uk/legal1.html
    “References to affiliates or affiliated companies shall include all members of ***CAPITA*** plc.”

  2. February 26, 2019 8:41 am

    https://www.capita.com/about-us/executive-committee/
    “Executive committee
    Capita’s Executive Committee consists of functional heads and Executive Officers who are entirely accountable for their function or division.”

    So are those hate criminal nonce vermin in Prison yet???


    In March last year NHSBSA sent a letter to Penelope Oliver informing her of a £100 penalty for a free dental check-up after she had her benefits withdrawn. It also issued a £43 penalty charge for a claim for free prescriptions.

    One of the letters warned that unless she paid “we may start debt recovery proceedings through the county court”. Oliver, 54, from Whitstable, Kent, took her own life last June. It was reported that she had only a few pounds left in her bank account and was surrounded by payment demands.

    Depressed mum killed herself after being hounded for NHS prescription charges she could not afford –
    https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/mum-hounded-nhs-killed-herself-13606763

    Criminal Attempts Act 1981 –
    http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1981/47/contents

    ABH/GBH
    http://www.cps.gov.uk/legal/l_to_o/offences_against_the_person/

    Homicide: Murder and Manslaughter –
    http://www.cps.gov.uk/legal/h_to_k/homicide_murder_and_manslaughter/

  3. February 26, 2019 8:59 am

    comments censored again

  4. February 26, 2019 9:29 am

    Reblogged this on sdbast.

  5. February 28, 2019 2:59 pm

    comments still censored

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