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Fraud, bribery and corruption

We take our responsibilities to protect our resources against fraud, bribery and corruption seriously.

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 gain.

Counter Fraud Awareness videos

The following links below illustrate common types of fraud that occur within the NHS.

Bribery and corruption

Statement of Compliance for Bribery Act 2010

On 1 July 2011 the Bribery Act came into force. The Bribery Act applies to all commercial and NHS organisations, and provides a new consolidated scheme of bribery offences.

The Act contains two general offences covering the offering, promising or giving of a bribe and the requesting, agreeing to receive or accepting of a bribe. It also sets out two further offences which specifically address commercial bribery:

  • Bribery of a foreign public official in order to obtain or retain business or an advantage in the conduct of business
  • A new form of corporate liability for failing to prevent bribery on behalf of a commercial organisation.

Our Board and executive team are against any form of bribery and are committed to the terms and obligations imposed by the Bribery Act. It is a duty of all our staff to consider any hospitality offered to them, inform their line manager of the offer, and to declare any such hospitality on the gift and hospitality tegister.

When entering in to contracts with organisations , we follow the NHS standard terms and conditions of contract for the purchase of goods and supplies.

If you suspect that bribery or corruption has or is taking place, please contact the counter fraud team at auditone on:

Telephone: 0191 441 5936

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