Magazine article Public Finance

NHS Anti-Fraud Agency Emphasises Prevention

Magazine article Public Finance

NHS Anti-Fraud Agency Emphasises Prevention

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The NHS was defrauded out of more than £7m last year, its anti-fraud agency said this week.

In its Performance Summary for 2006/07, the NHS Counter Fraud and security Management Service revealed that it had identified £7.3m worth of fraud and unlawful action. But it also estimated that savings generated by completed investigations for the same period stood at £11.8m.

A total of 409 cases of potential fraud were detected and professionally investigated and 62 successful criminal prosecutions took place.

NHS CFS acting managing director Dermid McCausland said he was pleased with the service's performance in what had been a difficult year for the NHS. He also noted that the service was beginning to shut its emphasis away from the investigation of fraud and recovery of lost money to the prevention of fraud.

'While I think [fraud investigation is] very commendable and there will always be a place for that, it worries me that money is going out there and being lost to fraud and then we have to fight so hard to try and stop it and bring it back,' he told Public Finance. …

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