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.
0151 285 4500
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 https://cfa.nhs.uk/home