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BBC - 'Saints and Scroungers'

10 September 2015

BBC – ‘Saints and Scroungers’

Counter Fraud Services (CFS) worked closely with a TV production company in the production of two episodes of the BBC series, ‘Saints and Scroungers’.

 The first episode, titled, ‘The Scottish Swindlers and the Stolen Goods’, was broadcast on Thursday 17 September 2015, BBC1 and included the CFS case featuring two former NHS Lothian employees, who stole and sold over £160,000 of dental hand pieces owned by the Salaried Dental Service.  There are interviews with Gordon Young, Head of Service and Fraser Paterson, National Counter Fraud Manager, CFS.

 The second episode, was broadcast on Tuesday 22 September 2015, BBC1 and featured the work of the CFS Patient Claims Team to identify and recover monies wrongly claimed for dental and ophthalmic NHS treatment by patients.  It also outlines a CFS dental fraud prevention project aimed at reducing the £3.25m believed to be fraudulently or mistakenly claimed in NHS Scotland each year under the NHS Tax Credit Exemption category.