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Zero Tolerance to Fraud

The Bribery Act 2010 was introduced to make it easier to tackle the issue of bribery, which is a damaging practice. Bribery can be defined as ‘giving someone a financial or other advantage to encourage them to perform their duties improperly or reward them for having done so’.

To limit our exposure to bribery, we have in place an Anti-Fraud, Bribery and Corruption Policy, as well as a Corporate Governance Manual which includes details around managing conflicts of interest and code of conduct. These apply to all staff and to individuals and organisations who act on behalf of Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. We also employ a local Counter Fraud Specialist who will investigate, as appropriate, any allegations of fraud, bribery or corruption.

The success of our anti-bribery approach depends on our staff playing their part in helping to detect and eradicate bribery. We therefore encourage staff, service users and others associated with the Trust to report any suspicions of bribery and we will rigorously investigate any allegations. In addition, we hold a Register of Interests for directors, staff, and Governors and ask staff not to accept gifts or hospitality that will compromise them or the Trust.

The Board of Directors carries out its business in an open and transparent way. We are committed to the prevention of bribery, as well as to combating fraud, and expect the organisations we work with to do the same. Doing business in this way enables us to reassure our patients, Members and stakeholders that public funds are properly safeguarded.

If you have any concerns or suspicions of fraud or bribery we need to know about, the Trust’s Counter Fraud Specialist can be contacted in confidence:

By phone: 07747 565 380

By email: simon.stanyer@kpmg.co.uk


Tracy Bullock

Chief Executive

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