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Fraud

All commissioners and providers of NHS services are required to put in place arrangements to tackle fraud, bribery and corruption, and this is undertaken for us by our nominated Anti-Fraud Specialist (AFS), Roger Causer, with the Anti-Fraud Team at NHS Mersey Internal Audit Agency (MIAA). Our chief financial officer, Alex Mitchell, oversees our anti-fraud arrangements.

What is Fraud, Bribery and Corruption?

Fraud against the NHS is not a victimless crime – it diverts much-needed public funds into fraudsters’ pockets and it needs to be stamped out. Some people are not aware that fraud is a problem for the NHS or even know what fraud is or how it is committed.

Some examples of NHS fraud and corruption are as follows:

  • NHS staff dishonestly working in another job when they are off sick

  • NHS staff making false and inflated expenses, mileage or time sheet claims

  • NHS staff procuring goods and services for personal gain, such as ordering IT equipment or printer cartridges then keeping for their own use or selling on the Internet or at car boot sales

  • Job applicants failing to disclose criminal convictions or providing false documentation such as qualifications, passports and Home Office documents to gain NHS employment

  • Patients claiming free treatment and services when not entitled, such as prescriptions/glasses/dental treatment; or "health tourists" providing false personal details to gain hospital treatment

  • Contractors and suppliers to the NHS submitting false invoices for work they have not done or submitting duplicate invoices for payment.

Chief Officer Statement on CCG Anti-Bribery Strategy

NHS Mersey Internal Audit Agency - Information Alert 4 - November 2017 - Employment Fraud Alert

NHS Mersey Internal Audit Agency - Anti-Fraud Newsletter

NHS Mersey Internal Audit Agency - Anti-Fraud Newsletter - Summer 2017

NHS Mersey Internal Audit Agency - Information Alert 2 - Conference Cancellation Fees

NHS Mersey Internal Audit Agency - Information Alert 3 - Scam Emails

NHS Mersey Internal Audit Agency - Information Alert 6 - Scam Emails

NHS Mersey Internal Audit Agency - Information Alert 7 - Scam Emails

NHS Mersey Internal Audit Agency - Information Alert 8 - Bogus Callers

NHS Mersey Internal Audit Agency - Information Alert 9 - Money Scam

NHS Mersey Internal Audit Agency - Information Alert - 12 Frauds of Christmas

 How can I help to fight against fraud?

You can help to reduce NHS fraud, bribery and corruption by reporting any suspicions about us or the wider NHS via any of the official reporting channels below. Referrals will be assessed and appropriately dealt with by professionals, and you can provide information in confidence or remain anonymous.

Report your concerns to:

Roger Causer, AFS, NHS Mersey Internal Audit Agency on 0151 285 4675

Alex Mitchell, our chief finance officer,  on 01625 663457

or the NHS Fraud and Corruption Reporting Line on 0800 020 4060.

Online: www.reportnhsfraud.nhs.uk 

Download the "what to do if I suspect fraud?" poster

Our Policies

Counter Fraud Directions Circular from the Secretary of State - Sept 2013

Anti Fraud Bribery and Corruption Policy November 2017

Whistle Blowing Policy November 2017

Standards of Business Conduct November 2017