West Hampshire CCG is committed to applying the highest standards of ethical conduct and integrity throughout its activities and fully supports the aims of NHS Counter Fraud Authority in combatting fraud, bribery and corruption affecting the NHS. We are also committed to commissioning the highest standards of healthcare and ensuring that we safeguard the funds needed for this.
Fraud and bribery are defined within the Fraud Act 2006 (dishonestly making a false representation with the intention of making a gain or causing a loss to another) and the Bribery Act 2010 (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 CCG will not condone the giving, offering, receiving or soliciting of a bribe in any form. This applies to all staff, clinical members and lay members, together with any external agents working or acting on behalf of the CCG.
The CCG has a zero tolerance approach to fraud, bribery and corruption and implementation of our procedures is set out in further detail within our Local Anti-fraud, Bribery and Corruption Policy. All staff, members, lay members and other relevant parties are responsible for familiarising themselves with the requirements surrounding this and for complying with these at all times.
Any instances of non-compliance may lead to disciplinary action as fraud and bribery are criminal offences which could lead to up to 10 years imprisonment and/or an unlimited fine.
We reserve the right to terminate any existing contracts where there is evidence that acts of fraud, bribery or corruption have been committed.
If clarity is needed about conduct which could amount to fraud, bribery, or corruption or if there are any concerns or suspicions regarding offences being committed, please refer to the contact details within the CCG’s Local Anti-fraud, Bribery and Corruption Policy, or the Concerns & Whistleblowing Policy. Such a response is critical to the implementation of our anti-crime measures and we will support anyone raising an issue, provided that they are acting in good faith.