Dental fraud in the NHS

By Kelly Haggett on 26 March 2014

Fraud in the NHS could be higher than £5bn year, the Independent has reported.

Examples of fraud include dentists charging for work that has not been carried out, the paper said.

The £5bn a year figure - more than 20 times the official Department of Health figure - is being alleged by the ex-head of NHS Counter Fraud Services.

A spokesman said the government "did not recognise" the figure.

In October 2012, Birmingham dentist Joyce Trail, then 50, of Park Drive, Little Aston, Sutton Coldfield, was jailed for seven years for defrauding the NHS out of £1.4m.

The court was told she had put in claims for treating more than 100 dead patients.

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