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I would like to welcome you to the Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) Counter Fraud Web Pages. These pages have been designed to provide you with information on how we can all participate and work together to create an anti-fraud culture in our work lives.

Fraud has been estimated to cost the NHS around £5billion per year and in comparison this amount could be used to fund around 250,000 new nursing posts.

Arrangements for tackling fraud in the NHS were established in 1998 when it was recognised that fraud was a major 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 recouped and many fraudsters being prosecuted.

There is plenty of information about fraud in the NHS contained within these webpages so please click on the links below to find out more.

Examples of Fraud
Fraud and Related Criminal Acts
Fraud and Related Policies
Fraud Awareness Resources – Posters and Leaflets
Fraud Training Resources
The Bribery Act 2010
Information for Witnesses
Fraud Newsletters
Reporting a Fraud

Please feel free to contact me with any suggestions you may have which could improve the site.