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West Belfast GP surgery at centre of suspected fraud investigation

Police have confirmed they are investigating a GP surgery in relation to alleged fraud
Seanín Graham

A FRAUD investigation is underway into a west Belfast GP surgery in relation to forged prescriptions, The Irish News has learned.

It is understood the Grosvenor Road practice close to the Royal Victoria Hospital is at the centre of the PSNI/NHS probe.

Police last night confirmed they are working with "health service colleagues" in connection with "alleged fraudulent activity at a General Practitioners".

The Irish News understands that medical staff at the practice are not suspected of involvement.

Grosvenor Road GP surgery could not be contacted for comment yesterday.

In a statement, the Health and Social Care Board confirmed it was "recently notified by a GP practice of a potential incident and is investigating".

"The Department of Health is aware of the matter, which is now subject to a formal police investigation. The Board will be making no further comment."

It is understood police were first alerted almost six weeks ago.

When asked what stage the investigation is at and if any arrests have been made, a police spokesman said: "The investigation is ongoing and no further details are available."

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