§ Mr. Frank Field
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the estimated level of losses to fraud and corruption was in(a) his Department's vote 1 budget and (b) his Department's vote 2 budget for (i) 1999–2000 and (ii) 2000–01. 
§ Ms Blears
A number of risk measurement exercises have been carried out since the inception of the national health service counter fraud service in 1998. The purpose of these exercises is to show the actual figures for losses to fraud and corruption, and figures for the sums at risk in each area of the NHS (the vote 1 budget). The status and results of these exercises are set out in the table.139W
Area of measurement Current status Fraud measured Completion date Dental patient fraud Two full measurement exercises completed 1999–2000: £40.3 million 2000–01: £30 million A reduction of 25 per cent. January 2002 Dental contractor fraud First baseline measurement exercise completed Sums found to be 'at risk' 1999–2000: £59.7 million January 2002 Optical patient fraud First full measurement exercise completed 1999–2000: £13.25 million January 2002 Optical contractor fraud Baseline measurement exercise completed Sums found to be 'at risk' 1999–2000: £20.9 million February 2002 GMS fraud Baseline measurement exercise nearing completion Data currently with statisticians for analysis — Health authorities and NHS trusts Initial work commenced — —
The estimated levels of losses to fraud and corruption in the Departments vote 2 budget are as follows:
£ 1999–2000 48,148.81 2000–01 56,831.99
Department of Health: Information collections on gender, race, disability or age since August 19971 Title Information collected2 Collection period Population surveys3 ONS omnibus survey (Sun exposure 1997, ultraviolet monitor 1999, physical punishment of Children 1998) Age, gender, ethnicity Survey is annual, but elements vary—these items may not be included every year National survey of patient experience Age, gender, ethnicity, disability (limited information) Annual Mental health of children and adolescents in Great Britain 1999 Age, gender, ethnicity, special learning difficulties Every five years Adult psychiatric morbidity among adults 16–74 in Great Britain 2000 Age, gender, ethnicity Period varies, but every few years Ethnic minority psychiatric illness rates in the community Age, gender, ethnicity, disability (limited information) Every 5 years Mental health of carers Age, gender, ethnicity, disability (limited information) Period varies, but every few years Mental health of children looked after in Great Britain Age, gender, ethnicity, disability New survey—likely to be every 5 years Learning difficulties survey 2003 Age, gender, ethnicity, disability Feasibility commissioned Health survey for England—ethnic minority Groups 1999 Age, gender, ethnicity Annual, but elements vary Health survey for England—health of older people 2000 Age, gender, ethnicity, disability Annual, but elements vary Health care Smoking cessation services return Age, gender, ethnicity Annual NHS written complaints Ethnicity Annual NHS performance indicators Age, gender Annual Mixed sex hospital accommodation Gender Annual Social care Children looked after by local authorities Age, gender, ethnicity Annual Children in need census Age, gender, ethnicity, disability (limited information) Biannual Children on child protection registers Age, gender, ethnicity Annual Referrals, assessments and packages of care Age (limited), ethnicity Annual Social services staffing return Gender, ethnicity Annual 1 Includes only those collections which started after August 1997, or those previously existing collections that changed after August 1997 to include gender, race, disability or age. "One off" surveys are also not included. 2 For some collections, the types of information shown have been built up over time; e.g. data on ethnic origin may not have been collected for as long as those for age. 3 The population surveys listed are commissioned by the Department but carried out by others (eg ONS).
From 2002 work to counter fraud and corruption in the Department of Health vote 2 budget will be the responsibility of the NHS counter fraud service.