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Forensic computing helped NHS

10th January 2007

18042006_PoundCoins1.jpgAnti-fraud measures and investigations using the latest technologies have helped the NHS save more than £800m over the last seven years.

Fraud committed by NHS staff and patients has more than halved, according to new figures from the NHS Counter Fraud Service.

Their figures show patient fraud has dropped by 55 per cent – from £171m in 1998 to £76m last year, while fraud by NHS professionals has dropped by up to 60 per cent.

The NHS Forensic Computing Unit has worked on more than 100 cases worth up to £64m, secured more than 100 prosecutions and recovered more than £500,000 of NHS funding since it was established in 2003.

The government puts the total value of all this work at more than £800m – money which has been ploughed into patient care.

The figures are revealed in NHS Counter Fraud Service (NHS CFS) Performance Statistics for 1999-2006, which revealed a 96 per cent successful prosecution rate against staff fraud.

It comes as Jim Gee, the DH's Director of Counter Fraud Services, has announced his resignation from the role he has held since 1998.

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