BBC One documentary 'Fraud Squad NHS' raises awareness of NHS fraud

9:15am BBC One every morning this week. Also available on BBC iPlayer for one month.

Published: 4 February 2019

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The NHS Counter Fraud Authority (NHSCFA) and its partners feature in a five-part documentary series on NHS fraud running every day this week.

The series features a selection of recent, successful prosecutions of NHS fraud. These showcase a variety of investigators and officials of the NHSCFA, NHS Counter Fraud Service Wales, NHS Scotland Counter Fraud Services, and local counter fraud services around the country. The NHSCFA’s Forensic Computing Unit also makes an appearance, as well as the police.

The series highlights the counter fraud work that is undertaken at both national and local levels, as well as demonstrating the ways in which organisations work collaboratively to fight NHS fraud. It includes a call to action to report suspected NHS fraud.

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:

"NHS fraud. Spot it, report it, together we stop it"

For more information contact the NHSCFA press office on 020 7895 4519 / 4524.

Notes to Editors

  1. NHS Counter Fraud Authority is a Special Health Authority established under the NHS Act 2006 as amended.
  2. Our latest estimate shows that £1.27 billion is lost to fraud every year.
  3. When NHSCFA uses the term ‘fraud’, we refer to a range of economic crimes, such as fraud, bribery, corruption or any other illegal acts committed by an individual or group of individuals to obtain a financial or professional gain.
  4. NHSCFA also supports the work of the NHS Counter Fraud Service (Wales)
  5. NHSCFA works closely with NHS Local Counter Fraud Specialists across the NHS in England to ensure that healthcare crime is tackled and a culture of fraud prevention and deterrence is in place.
  6. NHSCFA works collaboratively with NHS Scotland Counter Fraud Services on fraud issues.
  7. NHSCFA’s work to understand where the risks of fraud against the NHS lie, shows they come from a variety of sectors - as detailed here in our latestStrategic Intelligence Report.
  8. There are some 300 professionally trained and accredited Local Counter Fraud Specialists in place within health bodies across England and Wales.

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