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Scottish nurses get anti-fraud advice

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Nurses found guilty of defrauding the NHS in Scotland will have to re-pay the money under a new charter launched this week.

According to the NHS Scotland Counter Fraud Services (CFS), between £50m and £100m is lost annually in Scotland because of fraud committed by nurses, doctors and patients.

The strategy, intended to act as a deterrent for those contemplating defrauding the health service, is a joint initiative by the CFS and RCN Scotland. Training packages will be sent to all health boards to highlight it.

One of the key priorities of the charter is to clarify the distinction between deliberate fraud and unintentional error. RCN Scotland director Theresa Fyffe, said: ‘The aim is to support staff, not blame them.

‘Through training opportunities and access to support services, it will help nurses and benefit our members in dealing with what are often complex and difficult situations relating to potential fraud,’ she said.

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