'Despicable' fraud costs NHS in England £1bn a year More will be done to protect the NHS in England from "despicable" acts of fraud, the head of the health service's new anti-fraud body has said.
Sue Frith promised a crackdown as she released figures suggesting the yearly bill for fraud in the NHS topped £1bn.
Cases include patients falsely claiming for exemptions on dental and prescription fees, and dentists charging for work they had not done.
Ms Frith said the fraud takes vital funds from front line care. BBC News