OPinion: Finance trumps patients at every level – UK healthcare needs an inquiry 

From the news item: …Pharma companies are not legally bound to sell patients the best treatment, but they are obliged to provide profit for shareholders. Between 2009 and 2014, the industry received fines totalling $13bn for criminal behaviour that included illegal marketing of drugs, hiding data on harms and manipulation of results. As pointed out […]

UK — Dental fraud due to ‘discredited contract’ 

Yuri and the dentist by Emran Kassim

From the Dentistry News item: …‘Genuine fraud must be exposed, but we are working under a discredited contract system that breeds confusion. ‘Put 10 NHS dentists in a room and you’ll get nearly half a dozen different views on how to claim for a treatment. ‘It’s an insane system, and not even officials can navigate […]

U.K. — ‘Despicable’ fraud costs NHS in England £1bn a year 

Euros and Magnifying Glass by Images Money

From the bbc news item: …The two biggest single areas of fraud were related to patients and procurement of good and services, both of which was likely to cost the NHS in excess of £200m a year each, according to Ms Frith. She said patient fraud included cases where people wrongly claimed for exemptions for […]

UK: NHS trust hit by cyber attack cancels operations 

Lighted Keyboard 2 by Eric Norris

From the Independent news article: As of Saturday morning, the trust described the entire IT system as “down” and put out an emergency phone number for staff to use over the bank holiday weekend. Dr Jane Burns, medical director for NHS Lanarkshire’s acute division, asked patients not to attend hospitals “unless it is essential”. Read […]

UK: Anonymous hacker says they stole 1.2 million NHS patients’ data 

Laptop in the dark by Luis Romero

From the Graham Cluley piece: An unknown hacker who says they are associated with Anonymous claims to have exploited unpatched software vulnerabilities in swiftQueue’s software to steal a database containing 11 million records, including the passwords and personal data (names, birth dates, phone numbers, and email addresses) of 1.2 million NHS patients. Read more at […]

U.K. — Newcastle hospitals chief sacked for gross misconduct 

Get ready for my clinical practice by Ryo FUKAsawa

From the Guardian news article: The longest-serving NHS hospital boss has been sacked for gross misconduct and is being investigated by the service’s internal anti-fraud police. Sir Leonard Fenwick was dismissed by the board of Newcastle upon Tyne hospitals foundation trust after 39 years for misconduct involving “inappropriate behaviour, use of resources and a range of governance issues”. The […]

U.K. — Trust me, I’m a fake doctor: how medical imposters thrive in the real world 

Stethoscope by osseous

From the Guardian news article: It couldn’t happen in real life, though, could it? It already has. Others with medical backgrounds have posed as fully fledged doctors before. Take Levon Mkhitarian who encountered 3,363 patients in two years, working across seven NHS trusts on oncology, cardiology, transplant and surgical wards as well as in A&E. Mkhitarian, originally […]

UK — Redhill woman faked identity and invented dependent children to defraud NHS 

From the Surrey Mirror: …Eleanor Bonde, 57, of Carrington Close, was handed a 15-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, at Guildford Crown Court on June 26 after pleading guilty to three counts of fraud. The total loss to the NHS was £88,804.00 – enough to pay four newly qualified nurses’ annual salaries. Read more […]

U.K. — Aberdeen fraud pharmacist to pay £432,000 under the Proceeds of Crime Act 

Magnifying Glass by Emma Craig

From the BBC news item: …Conrad Chau altered prescriptions to get pharmaceutical firms to send him more drugs at a discounted price so he could sell them on to other companies at a profit. The offences took place in 2013 while he was owner of the Holburn Pharmacy. {snip} The fraud was discovered when a […]

UK – Hundreds of cyber attacks on Yorkshire public services 

Lighted Keyboard 2 by Eric Norris

From the Yorkshire Post news article: “With the NHS, the risk with ransomware attacks is that the data is frozen so you can’t access or make use of it,” he said. “In the case of hospitals, this means they can’t access medical information so some had to shut down scanning equipment and cancel operations. Indirectly, […]