GREEDY dentists and GPs who bill the NHS for fake patients are among the fraudsters who cost the service £1.25billion a year, it is claimed.
They are thought to cost the service £202million a year by claiming for treatment on NHS patients that has not been done.
Greedy dentists are thought to cost the NHS £202million a year by claiming for treatment that has not been done
Pharmacies billing for prescriptions they have not dispensed cost £100million and staff that claim unworked overtime and pull sickies cost £91million.
Patients who wrongly claim exemptions on prescriptions and dental fees are ripping off the service to the tune of £398million.
The head of the NHS’s new anti-fraud body has vowed to clampdown on the “despicable” crooks that deprive hospitals of funds.
Sue Frith, chief executive of the NHS Counter Fraud Authority, said she has dodgy staff, patients and contractors in her sights.
It’s claimed by the Chief Executive of the NHS Counter Fraud Authority that fraud within the service costs £1.25billion each year
Ms Frith said the £1.25billion sum – about one per cent of the NHS budget – is probably on the conservative side.
It is the first time the NHS has disclosed an official estimate of the true cost of the crime.
Ms Frith said: “People may think it is just a small amount, but in large volumes it adds up and has an impact. It is criminal behaviour.
“It is despicable people would even claim things they are not entitled to. This is money that should be spent on front line patient care.
Pharmacies billing for prescriptions that have not been dispensed cost £100million
Last year investigators successfully pursued cases worth £9.6million, although another £30million of cases are pending.
It included action against those involved in dishonest procurement practices, such as taking bribes or giving overpriced contracts to relatives, which costs the NHS £252million a year.
The NHS Counter Fraud Authority, which launched yesterday, is an independent body with a sole focus on fraud.
Its predecessor organisation, NHS Protect, also covered security.
The new team will work on intelligence, fraud prevention, computer forensics, fraud investigation, financial investigation, data analysis and communication
Responsibility for security has been devolved to local NHS trusts and the budget for tackling fraud increased by over 10 per cent.
This will allow more staff to gather evidence and review contracts.
The team includes specialists in intelligence, fraud prevention, computer forensics, fraud investigation, financial investigation, data analysis and communication.
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