Fines for 1.7 million people overturned, watchdog finds

Trisha Costello was fined £160 fine after her daughter had gone for a check-up at the dentist. The fine was overturned, but it was one of 1.7 million fines over dental treatment or prescription charges in England since 2014 that have been overturned when challenged, according to a National Audit Office investigation.

People were wrongly accused of fraudulently claiming free treatment. An NHS spokeswoman accepted there could be “confusion” over eligibility rules.

The British Dental Association said there was “no excuse” for so many “innocent people” to face such threats.

Full story on BBC News, 14 May 2019.

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