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Clampdown on NHS fraud

Health workers who defraud the NHS will immediately face

a three-pronged legal attack

under new regulations.

In the past, civil and disciplinary action has been taken following criminal action. But the NHS Counter Fraud and Security Management Service has said it will now undertake all three actions at the same time.

The move follows the publication of the Government's Fraud Review, which recommended a 'strategic approach to sanctions with a wider range of penalties'.

A dentist was recently jailed for 18 months, ordered to repay £110,000 and struck off by the General Dental Council having been exposed as inventing treatments for nearly 200 patients.

Jim Gee, managing director of the counter fraud service, said: 'NHS fraudsters now face the prospect of losing not only their liberty, but also their assets, their employment and their right to practise professionally.'

Between 1999 and 2005 the counter fraud service recouped £670m for the NHS.

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