8 May 2012. Under the current dental contract system an estimated £70 million was wasted on dental fraud in a year, the Government announced today.
Figures published today by NHS Protect, the lead on tackling and identifying crime across the health service in England, show dental fraud may have cost the NHS £73.1 million in 2009-10.
The Government has committed to introducing a new dental contract system that will focus on improving the quality of care patients receive, increase the availability of NHS dental care and promote good oral health. Part of this process will include reducing the risks of dental fraud before it becomes a problem and proactively analysing data on dental contract claims to spot irregular or suspect claim activity.