Countering Fraud in the NHS

The NHS employs more than 1.5 million people, putting it in the top five of the World’s largest workforces. In 2016-17, the NHS Protect estimated that fraud costs the NHS around £1.25 billion per annum. That's enough money to pay for over 40,000 staff nurses, or to purchase over 5,000 frontline ambulances.

1st November 2017 saw the launch of the NHS Counter Fraud Authority (NHSCFA) to replace NHS Protect, a new Special Health Authority tasked to lead the fight against fraud, bribery and corruption in the NHS.

Its mission is to lead the fight against fraud affecting the NHS and wider health service, and protect vital resources intended for patient care. Its vision is for an NHS which can protect its valuable resources from fraud. Its purpose is to lead the NHS in protecting its resources by using intelligence to understand the nature of fraud risks, investigate serious and complex fraud, reduce its impact and drive improvements.

The term ‘fraud’ refers to a range of economic crimes, such as fraud, bribery and corruption or any other illegal acts committed by an individual or group of individuals to obtain a financial or professional gain.

NHSCFA works with local Anti-Fraud Specialists at individual health bodies to fight fraud and corruption. If you know of, or suspect fraud in the NHS, contact the CCG’s Anti-Fraud Specialist.





Paul Bell

Anti-Fraud Specialist

0151 285 4500

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Or, report your concerns via:

NHS Fraud & Corruption Reporting Line

0800 028 40 60 (Freephone 24hrs) 


NHS Confidential Reporting Online Form

For more information about the NHS Counter Fraud Authority (NHSCFA), please view this link

National Fraud Initiative 2018/19 – Data Privacy & Fair Processing Notification

Morecambe Bay Fraud Champion March 2021

Please view all our fraud publications.


Coronavirus related scams Alert - March 2020

Payment Diversion Fraud Alert - February 2020

Fraud Squad: The Hunt

Last year, BBC 1 aired a series of television programmes entitled NHS Fraud Squad, of which one of the episodes featured MIAA’s very own Darrell Davies. A new short series is being aired on BBC 1 and is called ‘Fraud Squad: The Hunt’ and it incorporates other public sector fraud investigations as well as NHS Fraud.

There are ten 45 minute episodes being shown on consecutive weekday mornings at 9.15am starting on Monday 03/02/2020 and concluding Friday 14/02/2020. Dave Alford, from MIAA, features in one of the episodes. Shows can be watched for 29 days after being aired here: