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NHS at risk from fraud, warns Audit Commission

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6967.1463a (Published 03 December 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:1463
  1. Luisa Dillner
  1. BMJ.

    Over 960 serious cases of fraud and corruption, costing nearly pounds sterling6m, have occurred in the NHS in the past three years, said the Audit Commission this week. Risks are greatest in primary health services, where payments for prescriptions and general practitioners' fees for items of service such as night calls are based largely on trust. The commission has called for family health services authorities (FHSAs) to refer all cases of suspected fraud to the police.

    Although the cost of fraud seems small compared with the £80bn spent by the NHS over the same period, the commission warned that …

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