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NHS Acts to Stop Robberies of Hospital Equipment

Magazine article Public Finance

NHS Acts to Stop Robberies of Hospital Equipment

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Expensive medical equipment could be electronically tagged In the future after a spate of thefts from hospitals.

The NHS Counter Fraud and security Management Service revealed its plans after it emerged that police were investigating a number of robberies at NHS hospitals.

Thieves stole endoscopes worth £300,000 from York Hospitals Trust just before Christmas, white similar equipment worth £250,000 was taken from University Hospitals of Leicester Trust. Other thefts occurred in London, Cambridge and the Northeast.

It is not yet clear if this was the work of one gang, but NHS managers and police believe the equipment is being stolen for sale in Eastern Europe or Africa.

A spokesman for the NHS's security management service said ft was working with police to catch the thieves and prevent further losses. …

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