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, […]

U.K. — There is no quick fix in cosmetic surgery 

Recovering from Surgery

From the Guardian opinion piece: …Understanding the intricacies of facial anatomy and physiology has taken me half a lifetime of rigorous medical training to master. Yet flimsy regulation means an individual can jump on to YouTube, watch a couple of “how-to” clips, order supplies online and set up as a bona fide consultant. The dangers are […]

Five cyber security issues facing the healthcare industry 

From the Business Review Europe news article: …To combat the rising cyber threat, the NHS is expected to spend £1bn on cyber-security and data consent. However, the recent deal between Google’s DeepMind and the NHS has called data privacy and security into question. Whilst doctors may benefit from the introduction of modern-day technology, patient data, […]

UK–Former Derriford Hospital deputy chief executive in court on fraud charges 

Get ready for my clinical practice by Ryo FUKAsawa

From the Herald news item: The former chief executive of Torbay Hospital and deputy chief executive at Derriford Hospital was due in court this morning charged with fraud. Paula Vasco-Knight, 52, who was also the NHS’s national lead on equality and diversity, is charged with three counts of fraud by abuse of position. She failed […]

UK–Boss at heart of Romanian scandal 

Pills by Michael Chen

From the guardian news item: Romanians have been left appalled by a multimillion-euro medical fraud scandal – in which a big pharmaceutical company allegedly watered down disinfectants for use on hospital wards for years. Hundreds of people may have been infected as a result. Read the full item at the link:

Results from Our 2015 Annual Survey of Legislation by Jurisdiction 

This report is based on information collected by the Global Health Care Anti-Fraud Association from its members around the world. The survey canvassed our member organizations to assess the state of health care fraud legislation as it stood in 2015. All of the countries reporting said that there is some from of anti-fraud legislation in […]

U.K. — GP found guilty of fraud, to carry on working at his Birmingham practice 

Crime Scene - Do Not Cross. by Alan Cleaver

From the Birmingham Mail news item: Dr Harminderjeet Surdhar, 46, who owns the Five Ways Health Centre, off Ladywood Middleway, used NHS resources to provide blood testing services to private patients between January 1 2010, and March 20, 2013. The medic, of The Avenue, Sutton Coldfield, was found guilty of five counts of fraud by […]

U.K. — What is the price of healthcare cyber-attacks? 

Credit Card Theft by Don Hankins

From the SC Magazine UK news item: The healthcare industry holds far more ‘risky’ and ‘valuable’ personal data opportunities than many other sectors. A new report from IDC has shown that healthcare data could be five, ten or even 50 times more valuable than other forms of data. The typical data found within our medical records […]

U.K. — Bristol fraudster stole identity of terminally-ill cancer patients and even pretended to be a doctor 

From the Western Daily Press news item: The double fraud was the second time Grant has been in court for pretending to have cancer in order to receive hospital treatment for attention. In 2014 she was given a suspended sentence for befriending real cancer sufferers online, stealing their identities, and changing their appointments to get […]

U.K. — Widnes man gets jail for £2m tax fraud after masquerading as equine medicine trader 

Pills by Michael Chen

From the Liverpool Echo news article: Former army captain lived the high life after duping the taxman Anthony Knowles, from Widnes, fraudulently received £140,000 and then tried to claim £1.8m VAT repayment The court heard Knowles was previously convicted for theft in 2008 after falsely claiming £69,000 on his War Pension by telling the Ministry […]