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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-17020: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 4 June 2018

To ask the Scottish Government how much fraud has cost the NHS in each of the last 10 years.

Answered by: Shona Robison 14 June 2018

NHS Boards report identified losses due to fraud to the Scottish Government as part of the annual accounts process. For the 9-year period from financial year 2008-09, the value of fraud report by Health Boards in their annual returns was £4.1 million. Prior to financial year 2008-09, losses due to fraud were not reported separately to those due to theft arson and wilful damage

 

2008-09  

2009-10  

2010-11  

2011-12  

2012-13  

2013-14  

2014-15  

2015-16  

2016-17  

Total

£216,455  

£472,604  

£647,929  

£398,202  

£452,001  

£403,924  

£456,397  

£753,644  

£331,660  

   £ 4,132,816

 

The Scottish Government takes the threat from fraud very seriously and through the counter fraud strategy has put in place measures to prevent and detect fraud, including the establishment of CFS and enhanced reporting by NHS Boards. The financial impact of these measures amounted to £38.6 million over the period April 2008-March 2017.