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Zero Tolerance to Fraud, Bribery and Corruption

The Trust is responsible for the administration of public funds for the purpose of providing healthcare to the community it serves. It is recognised that the existence of fraud and corruption threaten to prevent these funds from providing maximum benefit to patients. The Trust takes a zero tolerance approach to any incidents of fraud, bribery and corruption.

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 ‘an inducement or reward offered, promised or provided to someone to perform a relevant function or activity improperly in order to gain a personal, commercial, regulatory and/or contractual advantage, on behalf of oneself or another’.

To limit the Trust's exposure to bribery, the organisation has 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. The Trust also employs a Local Counter Fraud Specialist who will investigate, as appropriate, any allegations of fraud, bribery or corruption.

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

The Board of Directors carries out its business in an open and transparent way. The Trust is committed to the prevention of bribery, as well as to combating fraud, and expects the organisations it works with to do the same. Doing business in this way enables the Trust to reassure its patients, Members and stakeholders that public funds are properly safeguarded.

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

  • By phone: 0151 285 4531 / 07721 237 352
  • By email: phillip.leong@miaa.nhs.uk / phillip.leong@nhs.net

 

Alternatively, you can also contact the NHS Counter Fraud Authority (NHSCFA), the national authority with responsibility for fraud and other economic crime within the NHS and the wider health group, in confidence:

  • Via the Fraud and Corruption Reporting Line: 0800 028 40 60 (free, 24-hour phone line)
  • Through the NHSCFA website: www.cfa.nhs.uk/reportfraud 

 

The Trust's Senior Responsible Officer for fraud, bribery and corruption is Russell Favager, Interim Director of Finance and Strategic Planning.

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