Dr Kirkland exclusively looked at the report from a coroner warning more deaths could occur unless action is taken to keep people safe when obtaining medications from online health providers.

Nigel Parsley wrote to Health Secretary Matt Hancock highlighting the case of a woman who died after obtaining opiate painkillers online.

Debbie Headspeath, 41, got the medication, dispensed by UK pharmacies, after website consultations.

Her own GP was unaware of what she had requested from doctors on the internet.

The Suffolk coroner has now written to the Department of Health asking for urgent action to be taken.

The General Pharmaceutical Council – the independent regulator for pharmacies – said it was responding to the coroner’s report and would continue to take necessary action to make sure medicines are always supplied safely online.

The Department of Health said they could not comment during an election period and it would be for the next Government to respond.

This was the an exclusive story for the Today programme. At the time of broadcast the BBC had seen the report, which was not public at the time.