Massive potential losses for NHS because of fraud

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THE NHS could be losing up to £5bn a year through fraud, a study has concluded.

The report was spearheaded by The Centre for Counter Fraud Studies (CCFS) at the University of Portsmouth.

Healthcare fraud includes patients claiming free prescriptions to which they are not entitled and medical staff claiming for shifts they did not work.

Professor Mark Button, director for the centre, said: ‘Our findings might reflect that fraud increases during a recession when people are under greater financial pressure.’