Fraud has been estimated to cost the NHS around £1.25 billion per year, valuable funds which could be used to fund thousands of new nursing posts.
Arrangements for tackling fraud in the NHS were established in 1998 when it was recognised that fraud was a significant issue for the NHS.
NHS fraud is committed by staff, professionals, patients, contractors and managers but the fact is, no matter who it is committed by, it is damaging the Health Service as funds are being diverted away from patient care.
Every NHS organisation within England and Wales has a nominated Local Counter Fraud Specialist (LCFS) who is dedicated to investigating fraud and implementing the national fraud strategy. To date, their work has found fraud in every area of the NHS and the work that they have undertaken has resulted in hundreds of millions of pounds being recovered and many fraudsters being prosecuted.
Please contact Paul Westwood, the CCG’s Local Counter Fraud Specialist if you would like to raise a concern or if you have any questions:
Local Counter Fraud Specialist
CW Audit – located on the Ground Floor at CCG Headquarters in Kingston House