Fraud in the NHS

Fraud can be defined as ‘dishonestly making a false representation with the intention of gaining, or causing a loss to another’. It can also be where somebody fails to report something where there is a legal duty for them to do so, or where an individual abuses a position of trust to the financial detriment of another. Fraud is a criminal offence.

Every NHS organisation is required to appoint the services of a Local Counter Fraud Specialist (LCFS). The LCFS is a professionally accredited criminal investigator, who will undertake a range of duties to minimise the impact of fraud on the organisation. The LCFS will investigate allegations of fraud and, where evidence of criminal offences exists, can refer the case to solicitors for consideration of further criminal action. The LCFS will also liaise with HR and other professional bodies if a suspected breach of conduct is identified.

Our counter-fraud service is provided by the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Fraud and Security Management Service.

Samantha Willoughby is Head of Fraud and Security Management.
phone: 07946 370497.

Colin Edwards is the Local Counter Fraud Specialist for the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Partnership of CCGs
Mobile: 07881 954 851

Details for the rest of the service can be found here.

The NHS Counter Fraud Authority is the organisation whose job it is to protect NHS resources from crime. You can find out more about it here.

If you suspect fraud:

Keep your concerns confidential and report any suspicions promptly to your LCFS or via the NHS Fraud and Corruption Reporting Website or the NHS Fraud and Corruption Reporting Line: 0800 028 40 60.

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