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National Fraud Initiative

This page gives Newcastle Hospitals employees details about how the Trust uses staff information to co-operate with the Government’s National Fraud Initiative.

The Trust is required by law to protect the public funds it administers. We may share information about staff with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds, to prevent and detect fraud.


Data matching

The Cabinet Office is responsible for carrying out data matching exercises.

Data matching involves comparing computer records held by one body against other computer records held by the same or another body to see how far they match. This is usually personal information. Computerised data matching allows potentially fraudulent claims and payments to be identified.

Where a match is found it may indicate that there is an inconsistency which requires further investigation. No assumption can be made as to whether there is fraud, error or other explanation until an investigation is carried out.

We participate in the Cabinet Office’s National Fraud Initiative: a data matching exercise to assist in the prevention and detection of fraud. We are required to provide particular sets of data to the Minister for the Cabinet Office for matching for each exercise, as detailed here.

The use of data by the Cabinet Office in a data matching exercise is carried out with statutory authority under Part 6 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014. It does not require the consent of the individuals concerned under the Data Protection Act 1998.

No patient data is subject to data matching through this exercise.

More information

Data matching by the Cabinet Office is subject to a Code of Practice.

View further information on the Cabinet Office’s legal powers and the reasons why it matches particular information.

For further information on data matching in the Trust, please contact

Iain Bestford, Assistant Finance Director

Tel: 0191 21 38954

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