The Trust are required by law to protect the public funds it administers. It may share information provided to it with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds in order to prevent and detect fraud.
The Cabinet Office conducts data matching exercises to assist in the prevention and detection of fraud. This is one of the ways in which the Minister for the Cabinet Office takes responsibility within government for public sector efficiency and reform.
Data matching involves comparing sets of data, such as the payroll or benefits records of a body, against other records held by the same or another body to see how far they match. The data is usually personal information. The data matching allows potentially fraudulent claims and payments to be identified. Where a match is found it may indicate that there is an inconsistency that requires further investigation. No assumption can be made as to whether there is fraud, error or other explanation until an investigation is carried out. Data matching by the National Fraud Initiative is subject to a Code of Practice https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/code-of-data-matching-practice-for-national-fraud-initiative.
The processing of data by the Cabinet Office in a data matching exercise is carried out with statutory authority under its powers in Part 6 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014. It does not require the consent of the individuals concerned under data protection legislation or the GDPR.
We participate in the Cabinet Office’s National Fraud Initiative – see guidance here https://www.gov.uk/guidance/taking-part-in-national-fraud-initiative. We are required to submit different categories of data to the NFI on a regular basis – https://www.gov.uk/guidance/national-fraud-initiative-public-sector-data-requirements.
For further details regarding how your personal data will be used, including your rights, please visit the National Fraud Initiative privacy notice: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/fair-processing-national-fraud-initiative/fair-processing-level-3-full-text.
For further information relating to data matching at Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust please contact Laura Weaver, Local Counter Fraud Specialist, on 07917 596137 or via [email protected]