This is equivalent to 53,000 kidney transplants or 35,000 nurses for a year and represents a 12:1 return on the budgetary investment in counter fraud work.
The NHS Counter Fraud Service (NHS CFS) Performance Statistics for 1999-2006 show that fraud committed by patients has fallen by 55 per cent from £171 million in 1998 to £76 million in 2006.
Other statistics revealed include:
- Fraud by NHS professionals falling by up to 60% in key areas.
- A total of 360 prosecutions and 434 civil and disciplinary sanctions.
- A 96% successful prosecution rate.
- More than 500 professionally trained and accredited counter fraud specialists in place protecting the NHS and its resources.
Health Minister Rosie Winterton said: ‘Fraud is not a victimless crime. In respect of the NHS, it is patients who are losing out, which is why this success is so important. With less money being lost, more money is reaching the frontline.’