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Minh Alexander MinhAlexander@aol.com


Regulatory investigations triggered by Employment Tribunal findings
7 September 2015 13:32
David.Bennett@monitor-nhsft.gov.uk
pubaccom@parliament.uk, meghilliermp@parliament.uk, ian.mearns.mp@parliament.uk

To#Mr#David#Benne.#Chief#Execu6ve#Monitor#7#September#2015
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Dear#Mr#Benne.
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Re#Regulatory#inves0ga0ons#triggered#by#Employment#Tribunal#ndings
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I#write#further#to#Monitors#announcement#that#it#will#inves6gate#Derbyshire#Healthcare#NHS#Founda6on#Trust#following#an#Employment#
Tribunal#(ET)#nding#of#sexual#harassment#by#a#senior#ocer#against#another:
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h.ps://www.gov.uk/government/news/regulatorStoSinves6gateSderbyshireShealthcareSfollowingSemploymentStribunal
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I#would#be#grateful#to#know#why#recent#ET#ndings#of#reprisal#against#NHS#whistleblowers#do#not#appear#to#have#triggered#similar#
inves6ga6ons#by#Monitor.
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For#example,#the#ET#and#Appeal#Court#ndings#against#Northumberland#Tyne#and#Wear#NHS#Founda6on#Trust,#issued#respec6vely#in#
October#2012#and#January#2015#in#the#case#of#NHS#whistleblower#Dr#Antoine.e#Geoghegan.#[1]#[2]
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Dr#Geoghegan#suered#serious#detriment,#including#referral#to#the#Na6onal#Clinical#Assessment#Service,#a]er#she#raised#pa6ent#safety#
concerns.#It#is#reported#that#Northumberland#Tyne#and#Wear#NHS#Founda6on#Trust#paid#out#1.5#million#in#damages#and#costs.#It#was#
also#reported#that#had#Northumberland#Tyne#and#Wear#NHS#Founda6on#Trust#accepted#the#nding#by#the#ET#instead#of#appealing,#the#
Trust#would#only#have#been#required#to#pay#40,000.#Moreover,#Dr#Geoghegan#was#not#the#only#member#of#sta#whom#the#Trust#was#
found#to#have#mistreated.#Its#ac6ons#towards#Yunus#Bakhsh#a#union#representa6ve#were#es6mated#to#cost#the#public#purse#750,000.#
[3]#Consequently,#there#have#been#calls#for#the#House#of#Commons#Public#Accounts#Commi.ee#to#inves6gate#the#nancial#handling#by#
Northumberland#Tyne#and#Wear#NHS#Trust.
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Arguably,#the#suppression#of#whistleblowers#pa6ent#safety#concerns#and#related#reprisal#against#whistleblowers#are#more#serious#
ma.ers#than#the#issues#that#triggered#Monitors#current#inves6ga6on#into#Derbyshire#Healthcare#NHS#Founda6on#Trust.#Indeed,#Sir#
Robert#Francis#has#advised#regulators#that#they#should#regard#whistleblower#suppression#by#NHS#managers#as#serious#misconduct,#which#
calls#into#ques6on#whether#any#implicated#directors#are#Fit#and#Proper#Persons.#Such#misconduct#is#compounded#when#the#public#purse#
is#abused#to#enable#the#persecu6on#of#whistleblowers.#[4]
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1)#I#would#be#grateful#to#know#how#Monitor#makes#its#decisions#on#whether#to#act#upon#ET#ndings,#and#what#criteria#it#applies.#Related#
to#this,#I#would#be#grateful#to#know#the#reasons#why#ET#ndings#of#detriment#to#whistleblowers#do#not#appear#to#have#triggered#Monitor#
inves6ga6ons.
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2)#If#I#am#wrong#and#Monitor#has$conducted#inves6ga6ons#as#a#result#of#ET#ndings#of#detriment#against#whistleblowers,#I#would#be#
grateful#to#know#how#many#such#inves6ga6ons#have#been#carried#out#and#whether#it#is#possible#for#Monitor#to#provide#copies#of#the#
inves6ga6on#reports.
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Yours#sincerely,
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Dr#Minh#Alexander
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Cc#House#of#Commons#Public#Accounts#Commi.ee
######Mr#Ian#Mearns#MP#Gateshead
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[1]#Northumberland#abuse#whistleblower#was#failed#by#her#bosses#h.p://www.thejournal.co.uk/news/northSeastS
news/northumberlandSabuseSwhistleSblowerSfailedSbossesS4401928
[2]#Uncharitable#Trust.#Private#Eye#April#2015
[3]#Calls#for#health#chiefs#to#quit#over#sacking#costs#saga#h.p://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/northSeastSnews/callsShealthSchiefsSquitS
overS1373852
[4]#Report#of#Freedom#to#Speak#Up#Review#by#Sir#Robert#Francis#QC#February#2015
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