QE joins international campaign against NHS fraud

QE joins international campaign against NHS fraud

Published by Grace Mcgachy
6:00am 17th November 2019. (Updated at 5:48pm 17th November 2019)

A hard-hitting campaign to tackle fraud that costs the NHS £1.27 billion a year is being supported by the QE. 

International Fraud Awareness starts tomorrow and our King's Lynn hospital is joining the campaign. 

They'll be raising awareness about the fraud, bribery and corruption committed against the NHS and wider health service. 

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International Fraud Awareness Week (IFAW), from the 17th November to 23rd November. 

The annual cost of fraud is equivalent to over 56,000 junior doctors or over 40,000 staff nurses. 

Fraud is committed by a wide range of people, from NHS staff and the general public, to suppliers. 

Although fraud is committed by a small minority of people, it has a big impact on NHS resources and patient care. 

Raising awareness of its impact and the ways to mitigate the risk of fraud is essential in reducing fraud affecting the NHS. 

The hospital will be publicising the campaign through its social media platforms and has created a survey for staff to gauge their level of awareness about fraud.

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Andrew Whittaker, Counter Fraud Specialist for the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, said: 

"Fraud against the NHS is still something that we need to publicise both internally and externally as it affects all of us.

Our IFAW campaign will shed light on the ways in which people commit fraud against the NHS, how we can all work together to mitigate the risks and the work we do to fight economic crime affecting the NHS."

If you suspect that anyone is committing fraud or another economic crime against the NHS, tell NHSCFA about it - you can call the 24-hour, confidential reporting line 0800 028 40 60 or report it online.

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