The NHS Counter Fraud Service annual report for Wales reveals that specialists recovered £1,079,659 via civil action in 2005-06.

This along and other reductions were made possible through point of service checks introduced in 2001, in which patients must tick a box on a form to say they are entitled to free NHS care. If it is later found that they have lied, the patient will face a fine of up to £100 and even prosecution.

Welsh health and social services minister Brian Gibbons said the report 'sends out a clear message that fraud in the NHS will not be tolerated'.

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The NHS Counter Fraud Service annual report for Wales reveals that specialists recovered£1,079,659 via civil action in 2005-06.

This along and other reductions were made possible through point of service checks introduced in 2001, in which patients must tick a box on a form to say they are entitled to free NHS care. If it is later found that they have lied, the patient will face a fine of up to£100 and even prosecution.

Welsh health and social services minister Brian Gibbons said the report 'sends out a clear message that fraud in the NHS will not be tolerated'.

Download the report