News and Notices

Fraud awareness month

DCHS has a Fraud Bribery and Corruption policy in place which includes a statement from the Board confirming a zero tolerance approach to offences committed against the organisation.

Penny Gee is our nominated Counter Fraud Specialist (CFS) and is the first point of contact for reporting of any concerns or issues in relation to potential fraud, bribery and corruption.

Fraud is often seen as a victimless crime, however as can be seen from the information below, it unfortunately does happen and we all need to take appropriate action to prevent, deter and detect it.

This is the first of a series of information bulletins being released by our CFS in October 2016. Look out for further articles in the weekly email containing useful tips and advice from the CFS in order to protect yourself and the organisation against fraud, at home and at work.

Who pays for NHS fraud? We all do.

What better way to start a month highlighting fraud and the negative effects it has on NHS organisations than to give you the facts and figures regarding the effects of fraudulent activity on the NHS.

Nationally, in 2015/16 alone:

  • £6.5 million was identified to be lost to the NHS following successful fraud, bribery and corruption criminal prosecution actions;
  • Offences involving £25 million remained under investigation following reports of alleged NHS fraud received;
  • £2.4 million was confiscated under the Proceeds of Crime Act;
  • Assets to the value of a further £2 million were restrained under the Proceeds of Crime Act;
  • 82 criminal sanctions were applied; &
  • 258 civil, disciplinary & internal sanctions were applied.

    To put this into real terms the £25 million under investigation could pay:

  • For 3283 hip replacements;
  • The wages for 1,141 new nurses for their first year; or
  • To train 113 Junior Doctors.

If you have any concerns regarding fraud, bribery or corruption in the NHS, please contact our Counter Fraud Specialist, Penny Gee on 0115 883 5323 or email penny.gee@nhs.net