Archives for February 1st, 2002

COMPANY LAUNCHED TO BOOST VOLUNTEERING

Headlines, PublicNet: 1 February, 2002

A ‘not for profit’ company has been formed to stimulate volunteering The Experience Corps, funded by a 20 million pounds grant from the Home Office will encourage people aged 50 plus to offer their skills and experience to benefit others in their local communities. The Experience Corps hopes to enlist people who have never been interested in volunteering before.The new company is seeking to recruit older volunteers because research shows volunteering reaches a peak by age 49 and then declines. Some 44 per cent of people aged 40-49 have some kind of civic involvement – signing petitions, contacting the council, attending public meetings. This declines to 34 per cent of those aged 65+. Some 73 per cent of people 49 and under are involved in informal volunteering – giving unpaid help to a non-relative. This declines to 55 per cent of those aged 65+.

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NHS FRAUD STARTING TO DECLINE

Headlines, PublicNet: 1 February, 2002

Counter fraud measures introduced in the NHS in 1998 have reversed the trend of steadily increasing loss to the health service through fraudulent activity. Figures for the last three years show that losses caused by patient prescription fraud have been cut by 41 per cent, down from 117 million pounds a year to 69 million pounds. Fraud by NHS staff has been reduced in some areas by 30 per cent. Monies recovered for the NHS have increased tenfold since 1998 to 9 million pounds.The Directorate of Counter Fraud Services was set up in 1998 with a remit to counter all fraud and corruption in the NHS with a specific priority for countering fraud in the Family Health Services. The Directorate recruited 400 fraud specialists and set up anti fraud teams in each of the eight NHS regions with specialist teams dealing with Dental & Pharmaceutical fraud.

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