What is NHS fraud?

When we say 'fraud', we mean a range of economic crimes, such as fraud, bribery and corruption. While those who commit fraud against the NHS are a minority, they are having a serious impact on us all. Fraud against the NHS takes many forms. Please see the What is NHS fraud? page for more details.


What is the cost of NHS fraud?

According to our latest estimate, fraud costs the NHS £1.27 billion a year.

That's enough money to pay for over 40,000 staff nurses, or to purchase over 5,000 frontline ambulances.

It is taxpayers' money that is taken away from patient care and falls into the hands of criminals.


What can you do about fraud in the NHS?

Everyone has a part to play in fighting fraud. Being aware of the risk and remaining vigilant are the most important first steps, followed by knowing how to report fraud.

It is easy to report NHS fraud. You can call our anonymous, 24-hour reporting line on 0800 028 4060 (powered by Crimestoppers) or use our confidential online reporting form.


Who pays for NHS fraud?

Watch our animation to see examples of different types of fraud affecting the NHS, and learn how to report fraud. It is only a small minority of people who commit NHS fraud, but their actions have a serious impact on us all. More animations showing different examples of NHS fraud are available in the Fraud awareness toolkit.