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NHS: Fraud

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 2 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many people were (a) found guilty and (b) acquitted of charges relating to fraud against the NHS in each of the last five years; (197945)

(2) how many cases were referred by the NHS Counter Fraud Squad to the Crown Prosecution Service in each of the last five years;

(3) how many cases were investigated by the NHS Counter Fraud Squad in each of the last five years.

The NHS Counter Fraud Service (CFS) pursues a multi track approach in all cases investigated. This includes the option of criminal prosecution. The CFS also seek civil recovery of losses to the national health service and investigation costs as well as a disciplinary sanction before the appropriate regulatory or disciplinary body. Of criminal prosecution cases, 95 per cent. have resulted in a guilty verdict.

The NHS CFS does not refer cases to the Crown Prosecution Service.

Information on investigation cases and prosecution outcomes is shown in the following table.

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

Prosecution undertaken and defendant found guilty

51

70

56

68

82

Prosecuted undertaken and defendant acquitted

2

4

4

3

3

Investigations opened

339

429

305

272

409