The NHS Counter Fraud Authority (NHSCFA) secured its first criminal conviction last week against a former Locksmith employed by Guys and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust who was found guilty of defrauding the NHS of almost £600,000. 

The NHSCFA was created on 1 November 2017 taking the place of NHS Protect, the previous body set up to tackle fraud in the NHS. 

According to the NHSCFA, in 2016-17, losses to fraud and other economic crime in the NHS were estimated at £1.25 billion a year. The use of criminal and civil proceedings to combat fraud and recover these financial losses will be increasingly important.