Magazine article Public Finance

Gee Leaves NHS Anti-Fraud Service on a High of £811M Saved

Magazine article Public Finance

Gee Leaves NHS Anti-Fraud Service on a High of £811M Saved

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NHS anti-fraud work has saved the service £811m over the past seven years, the Department of Health said this week.

The news came as the department's director of counter fraud services, Jim Gee, announced his departure. Gee, who has led the NHS Counter Fraud and Security Management Service since it was set up in 1998, told Public Finance that the £811mm saved represented a 12:1 return on the investment the NHS had made in counter fraud work.

Fraud committed by patients fell by 55% - from the baseline level of E171m in 1998 to £76m in 2006. This included £70m saved by preventing patients claiming free prescriptions to which they were not entitled.

The CFSMS had also cut false claims from clinicians for attendance and home visits by around 60%.

'I don't think this success has been down to me but because the NHS has united behind a common purpose,' Gee said. 'All too often you hear stories of the NHS being divided but this is an example of everybody getting together with determination to deliver a successful outcome. …

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