Bribery Act

Whilst the majority of people who work in and use the NHS are honest, there is a minority who will seek to defraud the NHS of its valuable resources.

The Bribery Act 2010 reforms the criminal law of bribery, making it easier to tackle this offence proactively in the public and private sectors.

It introduces a corporate offence which means that commercial organisations will be exposed to corporate liability, punished by an unlimited fine for failing to prevent bribery.

The Act itself establishes four offences:

  1. Bribing another person (essentially giving, offering or promising a “financial or other advantage” to procure or reward “improper exercise” of a public or business activity which is expected to be discharged in good faith or impartially).
  2. Requesting, accepting or receiving a bribe (using the same concepts for the offence of bribery above).
  3. Bribing a foreign public official (largely reflecting the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) contravention on combating bribery of public officials in international business transactions).
  4. (As mentioned above) Failure by a commercial organisation to prevent bribery by a person who provides services to it.

A full copy of the Bribery Act, and explanatory notes can be found on the Counter Fraud web portal.

The Trust Chief Executive has also released a statement which you can download as a PDF.

This page was updated: by Katie Claydon.
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