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Sunday 24 March 2019
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What we spend and how we spend it

You can find lots of information about our financial position in our annual report and accounts.

We also report on our budget position as part of our Trust Board minutes.

Counter Fraud, Bribery and Corruption

One of the fundamental principles of any NHS organisation is a commitment to ensuring that public funds are used appropriately.

The Trust is committed to preventing fraud, bribery and corruption and has a policy in place which warns of the action that is likely to be taken against those found to have committed offences.

Staff within the Trust are encouraged to play their role in putting a stop to the fraudulent actions of a dishonest few.

The Trust has a Local Counter Fraud Specialist (LCFS) to whom all suspicions of fraud, bribery or corruption must be reported. All reported suspicions will be professionally investigated and treated with the utmost confidentiality.

What is Fraud, Bribery and Corruption?

Fraud by an individual is a dishonest attempt to either make a gain for themselves, or expose another (e.g. an NHS organisation) to a risk of loss. An offence is committed by dishonestly attempting to make a gain even if the attempt fails and no loss actually arises.

The Fraud Act 2006 came into force on the 15 January 2007 and introduced the general offence of fraud. This is broken into three key sections:

Fraud by false representation (for example submitting false timesheets, expense claims or falsely claiming to be unfit for work due to illness)

Fraud by failing to disclose information (for example failing to disclose criminal convictions or disciplinary action when applying for a job)

Fraud by abuse of position (for example someone in a position of Trust using that position for their own benefit).

The Fraud Act also created new offences of:

  • Possession and making or supplying articles for use in fraud

  • Fraudulent trading (sole traders)

  • Obtaining services dishonestly

The Bribery Act 2010 created two general offences of bribery:

  • Offering or giving a bribe to induce someone to behave, or to reward someone for behaving, improperly

  • Requesting or accepting a bribe either in exchange for acting improperly, or where the request or acceptance is itself improper.

A new corporate offence was also introduced:

  • Negligently failing by a company or limited liability partnership to prevent bribery being given or offered by an employee or agent on behalf of that organisation.

If you are concerned about fraud within the NHS you can go to the NHS Counter Fraud website. Derbyshire Healthcare Foundation NHS Trust staff should refer to the guidance on this issue on the intranet, contact Local Counter Fraud Specialist Laura Weaver at Laura.Weaver@kpmg.co.uk, or call the national reporting line on 0800 028 40 60.

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