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In 2016-17 losses to fraud in the NHS were estimated at £1.25 billion per annum-enough money to pay for over 40,000 staff nurses, or to purchase over 5,000 frontline ambulances

The NHS Counter Fraud Authority (NHSCFA) launched on 1 November 2017 as a new special health authority tasked with leading the fight against fraud, bribery and corruption in the NHS and wider health service.

While those who commit fraud against the NHS are a minority, they are having a serious impact on us all. Experience shows that this minority can include all kinds of people, from patients to NHS staff, from contractors to members of the public and organised criminals. It is important to recognise the diversity of people who commit fraud. They look no different to anyone else.

If you have any suspicions or concerns about fraud in the NHS, please report it to the NHSCFA – call the Freephone line 0800 028 4060 (powered by Crimestoppers) or report online at All reports are treated in confidence and you have the option to report anonymously. By reporting fraud you can help us ensure offenders are brought to justice and that precious NHS resources are used for their intended purpose.