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Fraud cases being investigated in the NHS double

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 21 July 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:128
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

    The total debt for NHS health authorities in England has more than doubled over the past year, a report published last week by the National Audit Office has said.

    The report showed that the net deficit of the NHS in England for 1999-2000 totalled £129m ($181m), compared with £61m in 1998-9. More than half (59/99) of the health authorities in England and Wales reported a deficit (only 48 out of 100 did so the previous year).

    The report also showed an increase in the number of cases of fraud in the NHS being investigated. There were 484 cases of fraud, with an estimated total cost …

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