Anti fraud and Corruption Statement
The Bribery Act 2010 came into effect on 1st July 2011. Bribery is generally defined as giving someone a financial or other advantage to encourage that person to perform their functions or activities improperly or to reward that person for having already done so. The maximum penalty for bribery is 10 years imprisonment, with an unlimited fine. In addition the Act introduces a corporate offence of failing to prevent bribery by an organisation not having adequate preventative procedures in place. The organisation may avoid conviction if it can show that it had procedures and protocols in place to prevent bribery. The corporate offence is not a stand-alone offence, but always follows from a bribery and/or corruption offence committed by an individual associated with the company or organisation in question.
As a result, I confirm that NHS South Warwickshire CCG will commit sufficient time and resources to the development and embedding of an appropriate anti-bribery programme to include:
- a commitment to carry out business fairly, honestly and openly
- a commitment to zero tolerance towards bribery
- the consequences of breaching the policies for employees and managers
- the avoidance of doing business with others who do not commit to doing business without bribery as a ‘best practice’ objective
- the protection and procedures for confidential reporting of bribery (Whistleblowing)
- to support key individuals and departments involved in the development and implementation of the CCG’s bribery prevention procedures
The CCG has an Anti-Fraud Team that you can contact if you suspect NHS Services are subject to fraud or corruption.
All concerns reported will be treated sensitively and in the strictest of confidence.
How to Report Fraud
There are a number of ways that you can report any concerns that you have to the Anti Fraud Team.
You can also report any concerns via the following national reporting lines if you prefer:
• National Fraud and Corruption Reporting Line 0800 028 40 60
• Public Concerns at Work- 0207 404 6609
All concerns will be investigated, and where appropriate the offenders prosecuted. It may be necessary to involve the police in any investigation.
NHS Protect leads on a wide range of work to protect NHS staff and resources from crime.
Public Concern at Work
Public Concern at Work, the whistleblowing charity, is the leading authority in the field. They aim to protect society by encouraging workplace whistleblowing.