Chairman / Chief Officer / Chief Finance Officer Statement
Bribery Act 2010 & CCG Anti-Bribery Strategy
On 1st July 2011 the Bribery Act 2010 came into force, reforming the criminal law of bribery and corruption making it easier to tackle these offences proactively. It created specific criminal offences which carry custodial sentences of up to 10 years and potentially unlimited fines. It also introduced a corporate offence which means that if North Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group (NLCCG) is exposed to criminal liability, it is punishable by an unlimited fine, for failing to prevent bribery.
Bribery may be considered to be: “an inducement or reward offered, promised or provided to someone to perform their functions or activities improperly in order to gain a personal, commercial, regulatory and/or contractual advantage.”
Bribery is a criminal offence. NLCCG does not, and will not, pay bribes or offer improper inducements to anyone for any purpose; nor do we, or will we, accept bribes or improper inducements. This approach applies to everyone who works for us, or with us. To use a third party as a conduit to channel bribes to others is a criminal offence. We do not, and will not, engage indirectly in, or otherwise encourage, bribery.
We are as committed to the prevention, deterrence and detection of bribery just as we are to combatting fraud in the NHS. As an organisation, we have a zero-tolerance attitude towards bribery and we aim to maintain anti-bribery compliance as “business as usual”, rather than as a one off exercise.
To this end, everyone associated with the CCG is expected to play their part.
To find out more about the Bribery Act and how it might affect your department or area of responsibility, please contact your Local Counter Fraud Specialist, details below.
If you have any concerns or suspicions regarding bribery, corruption or fraud, please contact:
- Auditone Counter Fraud Team on 0191 4415936 or email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- NHS Fraud & Corruption Reporting Line on 0800 028 40 60
- NHS Fraud & Corruption Reporting Form (online) www.reportnhsfraud.nhs.uk