Spot it, report it… wait, report what?
Report NHS fraud, of course – but what exactly do we mean by that? Find out more about the types of fraud reports we look into, and where to go if you would like to report other issues.
You’ve come across something that doesn’t look right, and you think it might be fraud. You have a pretty good idea of who is doing it, and you know that the money they are after belongs to the NHS. You know you can report it to us at the NHS Counter Fraud Authority, but you are still not sure – is it actually fraud? Am I reporting it to the right people?
What we would say to you first of all is: don’t worry. It’s worth reporting your concerns even if you are not sure about anything, or don’t know all the facts.
This article aims to explain exactly what types of fraud reports we take, and provide some pointers to organisations and services you can contact if you need to report other matters. Following this advice will ensure your report can be dealt with as quickly and efficiently as possible.
We deal with fraud where the NHS in England and Wales is the victim. This means that by committing the fraud, someone wants to get NHS money, or cause a loss to the NHS.
But what do we actually mean by fraud? To find out more and see some examples, please visit the What is NHS fraud? page. This page explains that we also deal with other types of economic crime, such as bribery and corruption. You can find details of many types of fraud and other economic crime committed against the NHS in our fraud reference guide.
There are three ways to report fraud against the NHS in England and Wales:
If your report does not relate to fraud against the NHS in England or Wales, then we will not be able to look into it. Here are a few pointers on who to contact instead:
In an emergency always dial 999.
If we receive a report which we are unable to deal with, we will typically forward it to the appropriate body (for example the police). However, it is better if you make your report directly to the agency which is best placed to look into it.
If your concerns relate to fraud against the NHS in England and Wales, here are a few points to keep in mind when making a report to us:
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