The NHS Counter Fraud Authority (NHSCFA) is a special health authority tasked to lead the fight against fraud, bribery and corruption in the NHS
Fraud is deception carried out for personal gain, usually for money. Fraud can also involve the abuse of a position of trust. By ‘NHS fraud’ we mean any fraud where the NHS is the victim. While those who commit fraud against the NHS are a small minority, their actions have a serious impact on us all. For a more detailed definition of NHS fraud, please visit the What is NHS fraud? page.
What is the cost of NHS fraud?
It is estimated that the NHS is vulnerable to £1.14 billion worth of fraud each year. Fraud takes taxpayers' money away from patient care and puts into the hands of criminals.
Who pays for NHS fraud?
When the NHS loses money to fraud, we all bear the cost. Watch our animation to see examples of different types of fraud affecting the NHS, and learn how to report fraud.
What can you do about fraud in the NHS?
Everyone has a part to play in fighting fraud. Being aware of the risk and remaining vigilant are the most important first steps, followed by knowing how to report fraud.
We are all being asked to be vigilant about an increased risk of cybercrime.
Simon Stanyer, our local counter fraud specialist, tells us:
“We’re all being exposed to more phishing emails and telephone calls requesting our personal information which may then be used to access our finances or other personal information. Recent examples at the Trust have included fake calls claiming to be from Vodafone.
"Please be aware that your personal information is your responsibility to keep safe but please, if you have unusual calls from your mobile phone provider, bank, or other organisation, take five seconds to step back and think why they want this information.
"If you have any concerns please contact me, as your local counter fraud specialist on 07747 565 380 or via email@example.com. All calls are treated with the strictest confidence."