Countering Fraud in the NHS
In 2016-17 losses to fraud in the NHS were estimated at £1.25
billion per annum - enough money to pay for over 40,000 staff
nurses, or to purchase over 5,000 frontline ambulances. This is
taxpayers' money that is taken away from patient care and falls
into the hands of criminals. When we say 'fraud', we refer to a
range of economic crimes, such as fraud, bribery and corruption or
any other illegal acts committed by an individual or group of
individuals to obtain a financial or professional
How does the Trust fight fraud?
auditone works closely with the Trust to combat
fraud with a team of experienced Counter Fraud Specialists
delivering a full range of counter fraud, bribery and corruption
services including prevention, detection and investigation. Our
professionally qualified Counter Fraud Specialists work to identify
potential fraud, bribery and corruption risks through policy and
system reviews and suggests remedial action to reduce and mitigate
these risks. We are experienced in carrying out timely criminal
investigations, from referral to prosecution.
auditone is an NHS consortium providing counter
fraud services to 33 NHS organisations across the North of England.
It is hosted by Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust
and is a not for profit organisation.
How can you help tackle fraud?
If you suspect fraud is occurring, you can help by reporting
your suspicions confidentially to the fraud hotline.
Follow these simple guidelines when reporting your
How to report fraud
Contact our Counter Fraud Specialist
Our Counter Fraud Specialist deals with all reports of suspected
fraud in the strictest confidence. You can contact them on:
Fraud Hotline: 0191 441 5936
Contact the National Fraud
and Corruption reporting line
Alternatively, you can phone
the National Fraud and Corruption reporting line: 0800 028 40
All calls are made in
strictest confidence and no attempt will be made to persuade you to
provide your personal details if you want to remain anonymous. You
will be given a call reference number which you can quote if you
phone again with additional information.
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