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Anti-Fraud Corruption and Bribery

All commissioners and providers of NHS services are required to put in place arrangements to tackle fraud, bribery and corruption, and this is undertaken by NHS St Helens CCG’s nominated Anti-Fraud Specialist (AFS), together with the Anti-Fraud team at Mersey Internal Audit Agency (MIAA).

NHS St Helens CCG Anti-Fraud Services

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The CCG’s Chief Finance Officer oversees these arrangements for the CCG. Please read the CCG’s Clinical Chief Accountable Officer, and Chief Finance Officer Statement in relation to Bribery by clicking here

What are fraud, bribery and corruption?

Fraud, bribery and corruption against the NHS are not victimless crimes – such activity diverts much-needed public funds into criminals pockets and needs to be stamped out.  Some people are not aware that this is a problem for the NHS, or even know what it is or how it is committed. 

Some examples of NHS fraud, bribery and corruption are as follows:

  • NHS staff dishonestly working in another job when they are off sick.
  • NHS staff making false and inflated expenses, mileage, and timesheet claims.
  • NHS staff procuring goods and services for personal gain; such as ordering IT equipment or printer cartridges, then keeping for their own use or selling them on.
  • An economic or personal conflict of interest which affects an NHS business transaction.
  • Job applicants failing to disclose criminal convictions or existing medical conditions; or providing false documentation such as qualifications, passports, and Home Office documents, in order to gain NHS employment.
  • Patients claiming free treatment and services when not entitled, such as prescriptions/ glasses/ dental treatment; or ‘Health Tourists’ providing false personal details in order to gain hospital treatment.
  • Contractors and suppliers to the NHS submitting false invoices for work they have not done, or submitting duplicate invoices for payment for work they have done.
  • Businesses/ individuals offering extravagant gifts and hospitality to ‘decision-makers’ with the intention of influencing them to purchase their particular brand of goods/ services/ pharmaceuticals etc.

How can I help to fight fraud, bribery and corruption against the NHS?

You can help to reduce NHS fraud, bribery and corruption by reporting any suspicions against the CCG or in the wider NHS, via any of the reporting channels below.  Referrals will be assessed and appropriately dealt with by professionals, and you can provide information in confidence, or remain anonymous.

Report your concerns to:

The CCG’s AFS: Virginia Martin, telephone 0151 285 4500

The CCG’s Chief Finance Officer: Paul Brickwood

NHS Fraud and Corruption Reporting Line: 0800 028 40 60

Online: www.reportnhsfraud.nhs.uk

For more information please visit: www.nhsprotect.nhs.uk

NHS St Helens CCG related policies can be viewed below:

A copy of NHS St Helens CCG's Anti Fraud & Bribery Policy can be viewed via this link:  Anti Fraud & Bribery Policy

A copy of the NHS St Helens CCG's Whistleblowing/Raising Concerns Policy can be viewed via  this link: Whistleblowing/Raising Concerns Policy

A copy of the NHS St Helens CCG's Conflicts of Interest Policy can be viewed via this link: Conflicts of Interest and Gifts/Hospitality Policy