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Up to £100m in Scots NHS fraud

Family health practitioners, including GPs, are responsible for between £40 and £100 million in fraud from the NHS in Scotland, a report has concluded.

Audit Scotland estimated between 3 per cent and 8 per cent of claims by GPs, opticians, pharmacists and dentists were fraudulent.

NHS Scotland's Counter Fraud Services said the figure had been extrapolated from the English Department of Health estimates and it was impossible to indicate how much of the fraud GPs were responsible for.

The fraud service also estimated patients made £12.6 million of invalid claims about exemptions in 2002/3.

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