Procurement and commissioning

Fraud relating to the pre- and post-contract stages of the procurement and commissioning process.

In order to assess the potential exposure to fraud vulnerabilities in this area, two combined assessments are used. As per last year’s assessment, an estimate of 1% is used as baseline in non-pay procurement expenditure, based on public sector assessments such as the Ministry of Defence and Police.


from an expenditure of £26.8 billion

For agency expenditure, NHSCFA has previously identified through loss analysis exercises that the likely rate of overcharging associated with employment agency staff invoicing is 4.7% of which the NHSCFA has taken the view that 50% of overcharging may be vulnerable.

Financial fraud vulnerability: £ 300.4 million.

This is made up of approximately £244 million in non-pay procurement and £56.4 million on agency workers.

Information reports received for procurement and commissioning

Change in the number of fraud referrals (allegations) received in relation to procurement and commissioning from 2016-17 to 2019-20.

15 %

increase in referrals for this theme compared to last year

2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20
229 232 384 441