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NHS fraudster jailed

Posted: August 4, 2014 in Law & Disorder, NHS WATCH
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A former head of financial accounting at an NHS Trust in East Sussex who defrauded the NHS of £2.2 million has been sentenced to 5 years and 4 months imprisonment.

Trevor Barry Cosson, 38, of Hastings, East Sussex, pleaded guilty to offences under the Fraud Act (2006) and Proceeds of Crime Act (2002) to defraud Hastings and Rother Primary Care Trust (PCT) and East Sussex Downs and Weald PCT of £2.2 million. He used the money to buy an extensive portfolio of eleven properties in East Sussex and London.
_76603820_76603456The fraud was discovered after a restructure of the PCTs that Trevor Cosson previously worked for. The PCTs were disbanded and a new organisation was created – Sussex and Surrey Commissioning Support Unit – which had responsibility for financial matters. An end of year audit carried out by the new body revealed suspicious payments of hundreds of thousands of pounds. The matter was then referred to NHS Protect for investigation, who gathered evidence of further fraudulent activities by Cosson.

Cosson manipulated the internal payments systems of both of the PCTs he worked for. Standing orders were set up in the name of regular suppliers but the payments were actually credited to bank accounts controlled by Cosson. Between 2008 and 2011 Cosson authorised £810,000 worth of standing order payments, and £1.4m worth of payments between 2011 and 2012 via an internal payments system.

NHS recruits thousands of doctors from Third World countries while limits on places deny British students chance to study medicine which means our straight-A students are being given the elbow from medical degrees. Apparently the Health Service is hiring one third of its doctors from 143 different nations.

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If it’s not bad enough foreigners taking our jobs the number claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance is on the increase too

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If Israel can chuck out foreigners why can’t we?

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Syria

I’m ready if it all kicks off and we start lobbing million pound a pop cruise missiles into Syria. I got Mrs ‘W’ to stockpile my Liquorice Root supply, it’s a cure for all ills and ‘snake oil’ is hard to come by these days.

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A gang suspected of helping dozens of Albanian migrants attempt to reach the UK illegally has been broken up following a joint investigation involving UK Border Agency officers and Italian police. Ben fatto polizia italiana, you didn’t know I did schoolboy Italian did you.

Albanian_Italian_biometric_PassportThe gang, which was based in Turin, charged their punters up to £4,300 for a package of fake Italian identity documents and flight tickets. These would be used to board planes to Stansted, Heathrow, Gatwick and Manchester from regional airports in Italy, with the eventual intention of working illegally in the UK. My blog shows there’s plenty of vacancies for illegal workers in the UK.

Working with the Italian authorities, officers from the risk and liaison overseas network (RALON) tracked the migrants and had already prevented around 40 Albanian nationals from boarding flights.
On 17th February, following an 18 month investigation initiated by UK officers in London and Italy and the Italian border police in Turin, two Albanian men aged 52 and 26, believed to be the gang’s ringleaders, were arrested by the Italian authorities. They remain in custody. Another twenty-eight suspected collaborators were cautioned pending further investigation.

By the way

Some 27,725 Romanians were arrested for offences in London over the past five years including 10 for murder and more than 140 for rape. Romanians came second only to Poles, who accounted for 34,905 arrests, including 84 for murder and almost 130 for rape.

My daily NHS item.

jg34WKSEe5b6tIzBUCmFbzEWp4fAn elderly woman was left injured on a pavement for more than three hours after an ambulance controller told her son to stop being a nuisance as he repeatedly called for help.
Iris Burton, 84, fell near her house in Ratby, Leicester, leaving her with a broken hip and fractured shoulder blade earlier this month. The incident occurred on February 15th when Mrs Burton fell while walking home just before 6pm. Being unable to move, she cried for out help for about 10 minutes in the dark before a local woman came to her aid. Paramedics were called as well as Mr Philip Burton, her son.

After the widow was left waiting for an ambulance for more than an hour, her son, Philip, was told by a controller to “stop being a nuisance” when he sought an update. He had arrived to find his mother in agony but NHS Direct officers told him she should not be moved.
Mr Burton, 53, from Leicester, tried to make his mother comfortable and to keep her warm with hot water bottles and duvets from her house.

She eventually waited three and a half hours for paramedics who then took her to Leicester Royal Infirmary, where she had an operation to mend a broken hip.

NHS-SIGNHospitals will no longer be able to make money by putting patients on the Liverpool Care Pathway to death. For those who don’t know, ‘moby dick’ (sick) and elderly people are starved and denied water until they die.
More than 130,000 people are killed this way every year, 60,000 of them without family consent. Probably Toff/Tories way of freeing up beds and cutting the cost of elderly care.
Up to now NHS trusts have been receiving six-figure sums for using this killing off sick and elderly scheme.
Freedom of Information requests show Aintree University Hospitals Trust, in Liverpool, received £308,000 last year for achieving ‘goals including the Liverpool Care Pathway’. Part of the money was tied to it achieving an LCP figure of 43% against a target of 35%.
Salford Royal NHS Trust however had LCP-linked payments halved for failing to hit the killing targets.

Talking about dead people

CR72373-01A businessman with a double life who claimed benefits in Croydon has been convicted of fraud.
Stephen Sussams, 59, falsely claimed nearly £15,000 in housing and council tax benefit after failing to tell Croydon Council that he had moved to Dartmouth and begun two businesses.
He hid the fact that he was landlord of the Royal Dart Hotel, a gourmet pub in the Devon town that served £125 champagne and truffle burgers, allowing him to pocket £14,625 of council money between October 2010 and March 2012.

He also received £17,600 in carer fees as payment for looking after a man who was actually ‘brown bread’ (dead), withdrawing the money in instalments Keith Dickinson’s bank account after he had died in August 2008.
Apparently Sussams was a live-in carer for the seriously ill Mr Dickinson at his flat in Marston Way, Norbury, from 2002 until 2008. Croydon Council had paid money directly in Mr Dickinson’s account to help him pay for his care and did not stop the payments as it was not aware he had died.
Sussams claimed he thought the money was a pension paid by Peter Stringfellow, and denied theft, dishonestly making a false statement or representation and three count of fraud by failing to disclose information.
However Sussams was jailed for a year on Friday, 11th January, at Croydon Crown Court.

Gay Games coming to London?

Prime Minister David Cameron and London Mayor Boris Johnson have come out in support of London’s bid to host the 2018 Gay Games as part of the 2012 Olympic legacy.
Oh no not more taxpayers’ money being spent on people, mostly foreigners, doing ‘sporty things’ in London. I suppose our Union Flag will be suitably changed into shades of pink like the blue black version for 2012 Olympics. Anyway surely these games are discriminatory, heterosexuals not allowed to take part. I’m still waiting to see how many of the foreign Olympians whose visas ran out at the end of November 2012 haven’t gone home yet.
The Games, which are held every four years, would be expected to attract around 12,000 participants from 70 nations. Having begun in San Francisco in 1982, its next staging in 2014 will be in Cleveland, Ohio.

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A man who was mistakenly paid a salary long after he left his NHS job and did not report it has been sentenced to six months imprisonment, suspended for 18 months, and 200 hours of unpaid work. He has also agreed to sign over part of his NHS pension to repay the full loss to the NHS of £31,205.

IlieStephen Collins, 51, of Weir Close, Buckden, St Neots, pleaded guilty to one offence of Theft of a Chose in Action. Collins was incorrectly paid the money by Cwm Taf Health Board (CTHB) over more than two and a half years. He worked for the health body as a GP Out of Hours Call Handler in Williamstown, Rhondda Cynon Taf, until November 2008, but continued to receive a full salary until August 2011.

The loss was discovered when data generated by the National Fraud Initiative (NFI), showed Collins to be a ‘full time employee’ of both the East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) and CTHB at the same time.

The case was referred to the NHS Counter Fraud Service (CFS) Wales in October 2011 and he was arrested at his home in Nottingham.

The overpayments began due to an administrative error: the form for terminating salary payments was not completed on the Health Board’s electronic payroll system. However; Collins did not do anything to prevent further payments.

Collins paid £7,369.05 of the overpayments to the Child Support Agency (CSA), using the rest to pay debts and for general living expenses.

Cheryl Hill, Counter Fraud Specialist, NHS Counter Fraud Service Wales, said today: “Initially a mistake was made by Cwm Taf Health Board, but Collins made no attempt to inform the health body that he was still being paid. He knowingly exploited this for over two years. NHS Counter Fraud Service Wales follows up all reports of fraud against the NHS in Wales and strives to protect NHS funds from abuse.”

Five arrested following UKBA raids in Romford and Canary Wharf.

UK Border Agency officers visited Best Food Manufacturers on Freshwater Road, Chadwell Heath, around 12:50 on Wednesday 7th November and Wahaca on Canada Square, Canary Wharf, around 22:30 on Friday 9th November.
Four Indian men aged between 21 and 50 were arrested at Best Food Manufacturers. Three aged 22, 40 and 50 had over-stayed visas while a 21-year-old was found to have entered the country illegally. A 32-year-old Brazilian man who had over-stayed his visa was arrested at Wahaca.
The Indians aged 40 and 50 and the Brazilian are currently in immigration detention. The other two have been granted immigration bail so they can have it away on their toes!

How to get better medical treatment

Posted: September 17, 2012 in Broken Britain, General
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‘Ere I’ve had an idea how to get better health treatment for yourself because our NHS is rapidly becoming awful and dangerous to it’s users.

When you travel abroad you get a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) which can be used to cover any necessary medical treatment due to either an accident or illness within the European Economic Area (EEA).

The EHIC entitles the holder to state-provided medical treatment within the country they are visiting and the service provided will be the same as received by a person covered by the country’s ‘insured’ medical scheme and an EHIC only costs two quid.

Absorbed that, now imagine you have an immediate medical condition which either you will have to wait ages for NHS treatment or risk being killed by some killer bug in your local hospital.
What’s to stop you getting in a car driving to a ferry and turning up on the doorstep of a European hospital claiming to have just become ill or had an accident whilst on holiday. To make it look real you could always get a tent off Freecycle and sling it in the back of a ‘jam jar’ (car) along with a couple of sleeping bags.

Most towns in France have municipal camp sites which are cheap so not having a booking will not be out of place. There are around 2,800 throughout France, most in or on the edge of towns or villages plus about 8,000 other camp sites.

Don’t feel guilty, Britain is about to go to war with France over some topless photographs of Kate Middleton.

Can my scheme be that simple or have I missed something?

Did you watch ITV’s advert programme on Sunday evening, it was showing Downton Abbey during the breaks.

A doctor who is accused of cheating the NHS out of £29,320 while on sick leave and working as a stand-in doctor with neighbouring health authorities was caught out after boasting on Twitter that she was earning ‘megabucks’. People just never learn do they?

Dr Lucy Dawson was signed off work with stress and depression for six months but she was also allegedly moonlighting as an £800-a-day hospital locum. No wonder NHS is going under, I’ve already blogged on the surgeon avoiding paying tax on his wages now we have a doctor getting double bubble, working whilst off sick. NHS paying someone while they are off sick? Surely a pay slip with ‘£x’ amount of sick pay with shed loads of money in wages too should have sent alarm bells ringing.

The 45-year-old’s fraud trial heard that she was reported by Nick Jenkins her former lover and boss, with whom she had a 13-year affair ending ‘acrimoniously’ in 2006. Hmmm whistleblown eh, more on whistleblowing later. Dr Jenkins’s wife Marianne, 53, had been monitoring Dawson’s Twitter account and noticed her messages about working in other hospitals. She had spotted Dawson’s Twitter messages boasting that she was earning ‘a stupid amount of dosh’.
The mother of two also bragged on Twitter about drinking wine and a lifestyle of ‘nightshift Monday, debauchery Tuesday’, while still signed off from her main job in the Royal Gwent Hospital’s casualty ward. Just what a casualty patient wants a worn out pissed up doctor working on them. Her NHS employers were also forced to pay another £36,000 to locums who stood in for her in her main job as an accident and emergency specialist.

Newport Crown Court heard the prosecution claim she worked an eight-hour shift at Worcestershire Royal Hospital, earning £520. She worked ten shifts at hospitals in Worcester and Hereford, earning £7,840.

The court heard Dawson also sent out Twitter messages about the Aneurin Bevan Health Board, her employer at the Newport hospital since 1989. Which is time for me to mention whistleblowing again.

This is a news item from 2010:

A Welsh doctor who raised concerns about the competency of her colleague was offered a £90,000 pay-off if she agreed to a “gagging order” clause contained in her tribunal settlement.
Dr Lucy Dawson raised the alarm at Abergavenny’s Nevill Hall Hospital, 2006, when she noticed the poor care being exercised on a seriously injured young patient. She claimed that without intervention the patient would have died due to negligence.
But employers failed to act within the correct guidelines when Dr Dawson approached them with her problem. Managers apparently took no statement about the matter and failed to uphold confidentiality requirements by telling the shamed colleague, who later became Dr Dawson’s Line Manager.
When she took the matter to an Employment Tribunal earlier that year, Gwent NHS Healthcare Trust offered her a £90,000 settlement but demanded she adhere to a confidentiality clause which Dr Dawson refused and was employed at a new hospital.

“I would like the Aneurin Bevan Health Board to make a public statement that gagging clauses will not be used in future and that whistleblowers will be protected,” Dr Dawson said.
At least her ex-lover Dr Jenkins will benefit from protection of whistleblowers now.

More people on the ‘hey diddle fiddle’

An architect and his two ‘opos’ were caught out after an eagle-eyed rail official spotted a forged ticket. The police turned up and discovered that the trio had been involved in forging and using first class rail tickets and railway car park passes. Apparently old tickets had been scanned on to a computer and the date changed, ‘simples’.

Their scam involved copying a first class monthly season ticket from Southampton to London Waterloo worth £849.50 and a monthly railway car park ticket costing £130.

The three men – architect Neil Stantiall, construction firm boss John McInally and building worker Mark Batt – have now been given suspended jail sentences for their part in the fraud, which involved dodging more than £2,000 of rail fares and parking fees.

This seemed an odd and out of touch thing to say by Judge Susan Evans QC, she said the men “had caused the railway company a ‘significant loss’, leading to increased prices for everyone.” As though losing £2,000 caused the rail company to put up all their prices.

Southampton Crown Court heard that a rail community officer uncovered the swindle in July last year when he spotted a fake parking ticket on the dashboard of McInally’s Citroen Xsara at Southampton Airport Parkway. Unlike genuine tickets, it was blank on the back. Oh for goodness sake surely one of the trio had a printer that could print on both sides, slapdash work was there undoing.

Police stopped McInally, 46, as he left the car park and recovered three more fake monthly parking tickets and a first class monthly season ticket. After reading text messages on his phone, officers arrested Stantiall, 40, and Batt, 34, who is McInally’s brother-in-law. Oh no another mistake not clearing texts out, what is the matter with people.

The texts showed Stantiall made the counterfeit tickets. Although none was found at his home in Whiteley, Hampshire, the court heard ‘it was clear he was responsible for supplying the tickets and had received at least some money for it’. A first class monthly rail season ticket was found at Batt’s home in Southampton.

Anyway the bottom line is:

Stantiall was given 16 weeks in prison, suspended for two years, and 250 hours of unpaid work.

McInally got 12 weeks in prison, suspended for two years, and 200 hours of unpaid work.

Batt was given ten weeks in prison suspended for two years, and 180 hours of unpaid work.

McInally and Batt were ordered to repay the £2,219 that was defrauded, perhaps the rail company will put down their fare prices now the two grand has been paid back, while all three were told to share £1,500 court costs.