FOUR COUNTRIES TACKLE UK HEALTH SERVICE FRAUD TOGETHER
Four countries tackle UK health service fraud together
Fighting fraud and raising awareness about it is a year-round activity for NHS Protect, which leads the NHS fight against fraud in England, and supports the NHS Counter Fraud Service Wales in tackling fraud across the border. NHS Protect also collaborates closely with its counterparts in Scotland (NHS Scotland Counter Fraud Services) and Northern Ireland (Counter Fraud Services, Business Services Organisation, Health and Social Care Northern Ireland).
Sue Frith, Managing Director of NHS Protect, said today:
“NHS Protect’s information sharing agreements with its partner organisations in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland focus on making sure information is shared effectively and efficiently to help thwart the international nature of many frauds against the NHS in the four countries. These may involve international organised crime, including in the laundering overseas of NHS money. It is vital the authorities in our countries continue to work with and help each other. Fighting fraud is a year-round battle for us, but we welcome International Fraud Awareness Week and other such initiatives as it helps refocus public and media attention on the scourge of fraud. It is public money we are seeking to keep safe and recover, that has been diverted from the care of NHS patients, who are the real victims of fraud against the NHS”.
NHS Protect has recently contracted Crimestoppers to handle telephone calls to its fraud and corruption reporting line for England and Wales, aiming to increase awareness of fraud, and make it easier than ever to inform it anonymously of concerns, at any time. An NHS Protect spokesperson said: “We encourage people to tell us they are worried about a possible fraud – they shouldn’t hold back because they are not certain or cannot offer proof”.
Sue Frith adds: “NHS Protect’s new partnership with Crimestoppers is just one example of how we are constantly introducing new innovations so that fraudsters are more likely to get spotted, reported and investigated”.
International Fraud Awareness Week 2016 runs from November 13th -19th.
For more detailed information about the health service counter fraud bodies, visit their websites below:
NHS Counter Fraud Services Wales
NHS Counter Fraud Service Scotland
Counter Fraud Services, Business Services Organisation, Health and Social Care Northern Ireland
For more details about International Fraud Awareness Week visit:
To report any incident of suspected fraud in the NHS, please call the Fraud and Corruption Reporting Line – powered by Crimestoppers – on 0800 028 40 60 or report online at www.reportnhsfraud.nhs.uk Both reporting mechanisms include the option to remain anonymous.
NHS Protect works closely with NHS Local Counter Fraud Specialists across the NHS in England to ensure that healthcare crime is tackled and a culture of fraud prevention and deterrence is in place.
The value of fraud, bribery and corruption identified by NHS Protect and Local Counter Fraud Specialists (LCFSs) following the successful conclusion of investigations in 2015/16 was £6.5 million. Over £2 million was restrained and over £2.4 million confiscated using Proceeds of Crime Act as at 31st March 2016.
As at 31 March 2016, NHS Protect was investigating allegations of fraud, bribery and corruption worth in excess of £25 million.
There are some 300 professionally-trained and accredited Local Counter Fraud Specialists in place within health bodies across England and Wales.
NHS Protect is the operating name of the NHS Counter Fraud and Security Management Service.