Fraud, corruption and bribery

Fraud, corruption and bribery

We are responsible for making sure that the public funds made available to us are used responsibly and properly for providing healthcare to local people.

Unfortunately, fraud and corruption within the NHS does exist. We have a zero tolerance approach to fraud, corruption and bribery. Any staff, patients or visitors who suspect that an act of the above has taken place should refer these to our local anti-fraud specialist, who will investigate and gather evidence to support a criminal prosecution.

Fraud in the NHS is governed by an organisation called NHS Counter Fraud Authority (NHSCFA). 

National Fraud Initiative (NFI) 2020/2021

As part of our legal responsibility to protect public funds, sometimes we may share information with other bodies responsible for; auditing, or administering public funds, or where undertaking a public function, in order to prevent and detect fraud.

Declaration of compliance with The Bribery Act 2010

In accordance with The Bribery Act 2010, we commit to:

  • Carrying out our business fairly, honestly and openly
  • A zero tolerance towards bribery
  • There being consequences for staff who breach our policies
  • Avoiding doing business with others who do not commit to doing business without bribery
  • Having procedures in place for the confidential reporting of bribery (whistleblowing)
  • Supporting key individuals and departments involved in the development and implementation of the Trust’s bribery prevention procedures

Staff and the public should report any suspicions or allegations of bribery immediately.

How to report fraud, corruption or bribery

  • Contact the Local Counter Fraud Specialist, Collette Ryan on 01257 256204 or or
  • Call the confidential NHS Fraud and Corruption Reporting Line on 0800 028 40 60
  • Online at
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