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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 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 

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:

Matt Elcock, Mersey Internal Audit Agency  on 01244 364479

Alex Mitchell, NHS Eastern Cheshire CCG Chief Finance Officer  on 01625 663457

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


Download the 'What to do if i suspect fraud' poster.