Countering Fraud

Fraud is the deliberate or reckless intent to permanently deprive an employer of money or goods through false representation, failing to disclose information or abuse of position.

Corruption is the deliberate use of bribery or payment of benefit-in-kind to influence an individual to use their position in an unreasonable way to help gain advantage for another.

 

The Do's and Don'ts of NHS Fraud, Bribery and Corruption

Do

  1. Note your concerns - Record details such as your concerns, names, dates, times, details of conversations and possible witnesses. Time, date and sign your notes.
  2. Retrain evidence - Retain any evidence that maybe destroyed, or make a note and advise your AFS (Anti-Fraud Specialist).
  3. Report your suspicions - Confidentiality will be respected-delays may lead to further financial loss.

Don'ts

  1. Confront the suspect or convey concerns to anyone other than those authorised - Never attempt to question a suspect yourself; this could alert a fraudster or accuse an innocent person.
  2. Try to investigate, or contact the police correctly - Never attempt to gather evidence yourself unless it is about to be destroyed; gather evidence must take into account legal procedures your AFS can conduct an investigation in accordance with legislation.
  3. Be afraid of raising your concerns - The public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 protects employees who have reasonable concerns. You will not suffer discrimination or victimisation be following the correct procedures.

 

Reporting Fraud Against the NHS

Directly contact the Trust's Counter Fraud Specialist, Rubina Chaudary: 0121 612 1546

Telephone the Freephone NHS Fraud & Corruption Reporting Line: 0800 028 4060