Fraud busters from Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Trust, which includes Scunthorpe Hospital, has issued a warning against fraudsters.
The team, which includes the Trust’s local counter fraud specialist, Nicki Foley, say “Fraud against the NHS will not be tolerated”.
The Trust has issued the warning as part of November’s Fraud Awareness Month (FAM), which coincides with International Fraud Awareness Week, which ends on Saturday.
Fraud against the NHS takes many guises including patients attempting to avoid paying prescription charges by falsely claiming exemptions or claiming for travelling expenses that they are either not entitled to or have not incurred.
Nicki Foley said: “The Trust is absolutely committed to ensuring that the public funds of the NHS are spent on caring for patients and not diverted into fraudsters’ pockets.
“All referrals made to us about suspicions of fraud are vigorously investigated and we will take appropriate action against people.”
Anyone wanting to report suspected fraud or corruption call the local counter fraud specialist on 01724 282282 ext 2994 or call NHS fraud and corruption reporting line on 0800 028 40 60.