The Department of Health and Social Care (DH) has declared war on fraud within the NHS in England. Last month, the government announced a crackdown to “make sure every penny of the extra funding we are giving the NHS as part of our long-term plan is properly spent”.
“The message is clear,” health secretary Matt Hancock said. “The NHS is no longer an easy target, and if you try to steal from it you will face the consequences.”
The NHS Counter Fraud Authority (NHSCFA) has identified community pharmacy contractor fraud as one of 13 “thematic areas” – including general practice, dental contractor, and payroll and identity fraud – which it estimates cost the NHS a total of £1.29 billion in 2016-17.
The DH tells C+D the NHSCFA’s