R 2.1 Dispensing opticians should be aware of local NHS/CCG protocols, especially if working within the NHS.
R 2.2 It is also a serious criminal offence to defraud the National Health Service (NHS) of money through submitting false claims. Registered dispensing opticians, as trustees of NHS money, have a professional duty to handle payments appropriately, effectively and honestly. Abuse of NHS procedures is considered a serious breach of trust and may incur prosecution and GOC investigation, with possible consequential penalties imposed by ABDO.
R 2.3 ABDO and the Department of Health have agreed a Counter Fraud Charter to which they are both signatories. The Charter spells out the need to fight fraud and commits both the Government and the Association to do all in their power to educate, encourage and inform both professionals and patients about this vital issue. As well as reducing fraud and corruption to an absolute minimum the aims of the Charter are to free-up resources for the best possible patient care and to maximise the confidence that the public has in the NHS professions.