A critical analysis of the Fraud Act 2006: the perspective of NHS counter-fraud investigators

Stevenson, Sally (2013) A critical analysis of the Fraud Act 2006: the perspective of NHS counter-fraud investigators. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Fraud against the NHS is not a victimless crime. Fraud committed against the NHS means that valuable monies intended for patient care are diverted away from the provision of essential health services. The introduction of the Fraud Act 2006 in January 2007 (Crown Prosecution Service, n.d., p.2) was intended to be another weapon in the fight against fraud by making it not only easier to investigate, through the existence of a simpler fraud offence to be proved, but also to prosecute, with the creation of a general fraud offence which had not previously existed. The aim of this dissertation therefore is to consider the very important question of whether the Fraud Act 2006 has delivered the intended benefit, of simplifying the investigation of fraud, in relation to the investigation of NHS fraud cases.
    The literature review found that, other than a short assessment paper written by the Ministry of Justice using only qualitative data, there was nothing which explored the general impact of the Fraud Act 2006 in greater detail supported with appropriate statistical evidence. However, through the study of 68 NHS fraud investigator responses, to a questionnaire designed by the researcher to elicit their perspectives of the Fraud Act 2006, this research has discovered that NHS fraud investigators had received effective training from NHS Protect and viewed themselves as having good knowledge levels of the Fraud Act. It was also discovered that they had utilised the section of the Fraud Act acknowledged to be the one most likely to be used and that they had secured high conviction rates for NHS fraud cases using Fraud Act offences. Overall, NHS fraud investigators had very favourable views on the introduction of the Fraud Act with particular emphasis on its simplicity, exactly what the new law intended.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 06 Mar 2015 14:24
    Last Modified: 06 Mar 2015 14:24
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/16904

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