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“2020health is an important and thoughtful contributor to the health debate”

Dr Sarah Wollaston MP, Chairman, Health Select Committee

 
 

2020health Report The Financial Cost of Healthcare Fraud

2020health supported the Centre for Counter Fraud Studies at the University of Portsmouth, the European Healthcare Fraud and Corruption Network and PKF Accountants and Business Advisors to renew research into accurate information concerning the extent of losses to healthcare fraud and error.

Impact:

• An important addition to our evidence base for taking NHS fraud seriously, our campaign for NHS Trusts to publish their losses continues.
• The basis of our work with Panorama on a forthcoming documentary (for end 2013)

The current official estimate of losses to the NHS - £165 million or around 0.15% of expenditure - would mean that it was 20 times better protected against fraud than any other healthcare organisation internationally. This is not credible. Our view is that it would be reasonable to assume that the NHS is no worse or better protected than the best found examples elsewhere, with loses of around 3% of its budget or just over £3 billion per year.
 

The NHS has been tasked with finding efficiency savings of £20 billion over the next few years, and so minimising fraud has the potential to improve the quality of healthcare for everyone in this country.

Jim Gee, Director of Counter Fraud Services at PKF and former Director of Counter Fraud Services for the Department of Health

Press Release New report reveals fraud in the NHS "costs us £3 billion a year"”

A new report supported by 2020Health has revealed the true cost of financial fraud within the National Health Service. read on New report reveals fraud in the NHS "costs us £3 billion a year"”