Fighting fraud in the NHS

The Board of Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust takes its responsibilities to protect its resources against fraud, bribery and corruption seriously. 

Every year millions of pounds worth of public money is lost through fraud, bribery and corruption in and against the NHS.  This is unacceptable and diverts valuable resources from our main priority, patient care. 

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With your help and support we can achieve our aim to reduce fraud, bribery and corruption in and against Gateshead Health to an absolute minimum and keep it there permanently. 

English Law defines fraud within the Fraud Act 2006 and replaces the previous deception offences contained under the Theft Acts 1968 and 1978. The new fraud specific offences are:

  • Fraud by false representation
  • Fraud by failing to disclose information
  • Fraud by abuse of position
  • Possession of articles for use in frauds
  • Making or supplying articles for use in frauds
  • Obtaining services dishonestly

There is no single profile of an NHS fraudster.  Fraud can be committed by staff including doctors, nurses, paramedics and Chief Executives; as well as by patients, contractors, suppliers and visitors.  In fact, anyone who comes into contact with the NHS can commit fraud.

What happens to those who commit fraud?

Fraud will not be tolerated within or against Gateshead Health. 

Anyone found committing fraud can face:

  • Criminal Action – including arrest, police caution or prosecution,
  • Civil Recovery Action – used to get the stolen money back,
  • Disciplinary Action (if a member of staff) – which includes dismissal, demotion and verbal or written warnings.

Please note that the actions stated above are not exhaustive and Gateshead Health can apply ALL of these actions simultaneously. Criminal convictions for fraud carry a maximum 10 YEARS in prison.

If appropriate, Gateshead Health can refer cases to the relevant Professional Bodies so that they can take their own action.  This action could include the individual being struck off or reprimanded and may affect their future career.

Call us on 0191 482 0000

In emergencies dial 999 / Non-emergencies dial 111

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