NHS Counter Fraud Authority publishes 2019-20 priority action areas
With new commitments to detect £22 million of fraud, prevent £100 million of fraud and recover £5 million from fraud losses.
Each year the NHS Counter Fraud Authority (NHSCFA) sets a number of priority areas for action, based on its latest evaluation of available intelligence on the fraud risks facing the NHS.
The NHSCFA’s strategic intelligence assessment based on data for the 2017-18 financial year forms the basis for its four priority action areas for 2019-20, which are:
Susan Frith, Interim CEO of NHSCFA, explains that collaboration is a theme common to the organisation’s approach to all four priority areas:
"By setting clear goals based on the national intelligence picture of fraud risks and working with colleagues across the NHS to deliver them, we can make sure counter fraud work at both national and local level is focused on achieving measurable outcomes. In order to measure the impact of NHS counter fraud work we will use a set of financial targets, which for the first time this year include a measure of the value of prevented fraud."
The headline targets for 2019-20 are:
These priorities and targets are best understood alongside NHSCFA’s 2019-20 business plan, with its clear objectives around a number of core business activities.
Ms Frith concludes:
"We hope measuring local and national counter fraud work against these targets will highlight the positive impact that tackling fraud has on NHS resources. By preventing fraud, by identifying it and tackling it effectively where it occurs, and by seeking to recover moneys lost to fraud we can ensure that precious NHS funds are used for their intended purpose of patient care."
If you suspect that anyone is committing fraud or another economic crime against the NHS, tell NHSCFA about it - you can call our 24-hour, confidential reporting line 0800 028 40 60 or visit our main website to report online: www.cfa.nhs.uk
For more information contact the NHSCFA press office on 020 7895 4519/4524.
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