Trick or Treat!

Published date01 February 1995
Date01 February 1995
AuthorBarry Delaney
Subject MatterAccounting & finance
Journal of Financial Crime Vol. 3 No. 1 Public Sector Fraud
Trick or Treat!
Barry Delaney
An organisation spending approximately £30bn
annually on a vast array of services is doubtless
open to as much fraud1 as any other complex
organisation with such a budget at its disposal.
However, what is unusual about this organisation
the National Health Service (NHS), is its total
reliance on trust for the disposition of
large pro-
portion of that budget. Payments made to
independent contractors2 involve a heavy element
of trust. Furthermore, there is no provision for
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