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New NHSCFA process enables investigators to share information on fraud risks

The National Health Service Counter Fraud Authority’s (NHSCFA) Fraud Prevention Unit has just launched a new system weakness referral process. By ‘system weakness’, the NHSCFA references an inadequate level of controls, or otherwise a lack of controls, which creates an...
Posted On 10 Feb 2020
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NHSCFA publishes latest counter fraud standards for NHS organisations

The National Health Service Counter Fraud Authority’s (NHSCFA) counter fraud standards for 2020-2021 were issued on 14 January. The 2020 counter fraud standards differ from last year’s only in very minor ways. The changes made for this year consist of altering the dates to...
Posted On 22 Jan 2020
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National Health Service joins global initiative in bid to raise awareness of fraud

International Fraud Awareness Week (IFAW) 2019 runs from 17 to 23 November, with hundreds of organisations around the world (among them the NHS) joining this global initiative to raise awareness of fraud and highlight the importance of fraud prevention. Fraud is estimated to cost...
Posted On 18 Nov 2019
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Fraud in the NHS: You Need to Find It to Fight It

The hidden nature of fraud means that the first step in tackling it is finding it, as Sue Frith explains in her first article since recently being appointed permanent CEO of the NHS Counter Fraud Authority (NHSCFA). As the CEO of the NHS Counter Fraud Authority, my focus is very...
Posted On 18 Oct 2019
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Governance manager ordered to pay back £220,000 to NHS in wake of fraud

An NHS manager jailed for fraud last year has been ordered by the presiding Judge at Snaresbrook Crown Court to pay back £220,431.48 he defrauded from the NHS Newham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) or face an extra three years’ imprisonment. The figure represents all of the...
Posted On 09 Oct 2019
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NHS Counter Fraud Authority outlines four priority action areas for 2019-2020

Each year, the NHS Counter Fraud Authority (NHSCFA) sets a number of priority areas for action based on the organisation’s latest evaluation of available intelligence on the fraud risks facing the NHS. The Authority’s strategic intelligence assessment based on data for the...
Posted On 10 Jun 2019
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Defrauded NHS Trust recoups £1.2 million under Proceeds of Crime Act

A payment of £1.2 million has been received by Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust as a result of a Proceeds of Crime Act compensation order and collaboration between agencies to tackle fraud. Substantial payments have also been awarded by the courts to other NHS Trusts...
Posted On 04 Apr 2019
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Convicted NHS fraudster ordered to hand over all assets in wake of investigation

Convicted NHS dialysis manager Alan Hodge has been told he must pay the NHS £30,720 following his role in a large fraud against Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust or face an extra nine months in jail. Hodge (55) of Aultone Way, Sutton in Surrey was sentenced to...
Posted On 14 Mar 2019
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NHSCFA publishes latest counter fraud standards targeted at NHS organisations

Fighting fraud is important for any organisation. In the public sector, there must be confidence that money from taxpayer-funded services isn’t diverted illegally for purposes other than for what it’s originally intended. Minimising the loss from fraud is a hugely...
Posted On 01 Feb 2019
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Medical recruitment agent jailed for “masterminding multiple NHS fraud conspiracies”

A medical recruitment agent – along with four healthcare assistants and a nurse whom he had persuaded to defraud the NHS – have all been sentenced at Kingston-upon-Hull Crown Court for conspiracy to defraud. Charles Elad, 46, was working as a recruitment officer for...
Posted On 22 May 2018
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