Ashford and St Peter’s operates a zero tolerance policy towards all acts of fraud and corruption from staff and patients.
What are fraud, bribery and corruption?
Simply put, fraud is acting in a dishonest way in order to make a personal financial gain, or to cause a financial loss to another. Fraud is a criminal offence which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years imprisonment.
A fraudulent act may include knowingly making a false representation; failing to disclose information; or abusing a position of trust.
Corruption describes a spectrum of improper activity conducive to a breach of public duty, most notably Bribery. Bribery is generally defined as giving or receiving a financial or other advantage in connection with the "improper performance" of a position of trust, or a function that is expected to be performed impartially or in good faith. Bribery is a criminal offence which carries a maximum 10 year prison sentence and an unlimited fine.
Why is it important to raise awareness of fraud, bribery and corruption within the Trust?
Considerable amounts of money are lost to fraud within the NHS every year. As at 31 March 2016, counter fraud specialists in England were investigating losses totalling approximately £25 million.
Such losses have a direct adverse impact on the quality of services the NHS can offer to patients and the public.
Your Local Counter Fraud Specialist (LCFS)
BDO LLP are contracted to provide counter fraud services to the Trust. As Lead LCFS, James Shortall is responsible for dealing with all fraud, corruption and bribery matters.
How we are tackling fraud at ASPH
BDO LLP actively works with the Trust and NHS Protect to ensure that fraud, bribery and corruption are prevented wherever possible, and investigated wherever detected. Alongside raising awareness within staff, the counter fraud team carries out pro-active investigations to seek out instances of wrongdoing for further investigation, including criminal prosecution. The team works with the Trust to minimise the potential damage from fraud, and seeks redress at every opportunity.