How can I help to fight fraud, bribery and corruption against the NHS?
You can help to reduce NHS fraud, bribery, and corruption by reporting any suspicions against NHS Cheshire and Merseyside or in the wider NHS via any of the reporting channels below. Referrals will be assessed and appropriately dealt with by professionals, and you can provide information in confidence, or remain anonymous.
NHS Cheshire and Merseyside, at its most senior levels, wishes to encourage anyone having reasonable suspicions of fraud, bribery or corruption to report them. “Reasonably held suspicions” shall mean any suspicions other than those which are totally groundless (and/or raised maliciously).
It is NHS Cheshire and Merseyside’s policy that no employee will suffer in any way as a result of reporting these suspicions. This protection is given under the provisions of the Public Interest Disclosure Act, and other related legislation / regulations, which NHS Cheshire and Merseyside is obliged to comply with.
Report your concerns to:
- NHS Cheshire and Merseyside's Anti-Fraud Specialist: Michelle Moss, Mersey Internal Audit Agency, 0151 285 4500, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- NHS Cheshire and Merseyside’s Executive Director of Finance: Claire Wilson: email@example.com
- National Online Fraud Reporting Tool: Good intelligence on local or national fraud threats enables more efficient and effective action. The NHS Counter Fraud Authority (NHSCFA) supports the provision of better intelligence on fraud risks facing the NHS by providing a secure national fraud reporting service both online and via the telephone.
- The NHS Counter Fraud Authority provides an online reporting tool to continue to enable NHS employees, patients and third parties to report allegations of fraud and corruption directly to the NHS CFA.All information you provide will be treated in complete confidence.
There are two ways of reporting that determine how your personal details are handled:
- Linked – If you have no concerns about your personal details being linked to the information you are providing (or if you are reporting something in an official capacity as part of your job). This means that your details will be held with the information and made available to the investigating officer. This will allow us to contact you easily if anything needs to be clarified.
- Separated – If you are happy to provide your personal details to NHS Counter Fraud Authority but would like your personal details separated from the information you are providing. Measures will be taken on receipt to ensure that the information that you have provided does not reveal your identity. Your personal details will not be disclosed to anyone including the investigating officer without your permission unless we are obliged by law, or it is in the wider public interest.
24-hour Fraud Reporting Hotline: The NHS Counter Fraud Authority has also partnered with Crimestoppers to provide a 24-hour Fraud Reporting Hotline. If you prefer you can speak to an experienced call handler, in confidence, by dialling 0800 028 4060