Disciplinary Policy Relating to Racism

Martin Waite made this Freedom of Information request to West Midlands Ambulance Service University NHS Foundation Trust

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Dear West Midlands Ambulance Service University NHS Foundation Trust,

1) Please provide the disciplinary policy that applies to allegations of racist behaviour against staff.

2) What disciplinary action would be considered appropriate where allegations of racist behaviour by a member of staff were proven, for example:
i) A muslim member of staff being referred to as a terrorist and having a bomb in their bag;
ii) A member of the public being referred to by a racist derogatory term;
iii) A member of staff declaring that they "don't like muslims";
iv) A member of staff the dismissing concerns of a BAME student about an offensive term with the phrase slavery ended two hundred years ago;
v) A member of staff telling a BAME member of staff that they only achieved because of the colour of their skin;
vi) The use of Adolf Hitler as an example of great leadership in a WMAS management training assessment centre;
vii) The posting of racist and white supremacist material on personal social media?

3) Does West Midlands Ambulance Service have a zero tolerance policy towards racist behaviour from staff?

4) If West Midlands Ambulance Service does have a zero tolerance policy towards racist behaviour from staff, what does that mean in practice?

5) Does West Midlands Ambulance Service consider that holding and sharing racist views is compatible with continued employment by West Midlands Ambulance Service?

6) Does West Midlands Ambulance Service consider that the employment of front line clinicians that hold racist views constitutes a risk to the BAME patients that they serve?

Yours faithfully,

Martin Waite

:Freedom Of Information Mailbox, West Midlands Ambulance Service University NHS Foundation Trust

Our Reference: FOI 2973

Dear Mr Waite,

Thank you for your freedom of information request, this has been logged as reference number FOI 2973.

A formal response to your freedom of information request will be sent in due course.

In the meantime, if I can assist you further please do not hesitate to contact me.

Kind Regards
 
Aimee Summers
Freedom of Information and Document Control Officer
 
West Midlands Ambulance Service University NHS Foundation Trust
Trust Vision: Delivering the right patient care, in the right place, at the right time, through a skilled and committed workforce in partnership with local health economies.

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:Freedom Of Information Mailbox, West Midlands Ambulance Service University NHS Foundation Trust

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Our Reference: FOI/2973

 

Dear Mr Waite,

 

Please find attached our response in relation to your request for
information.

 

If I can be of further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Kind Regards

 

Aimee Summers

Freedom of Information and Document Control Officer

 

West Midlands Ambulance Service University NHS Foundation Trust

Trust Vision: Delivering the right patient care, in the right place, at
the right time, through a skilled and committed workforce in partnership
with local health economies.

 

Dear West Midlands Ambulance Service University NHS Foundation Trust,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of West Midlands Ambulance Service University NHS Foundation Trust's handling of my FOI request 'Disciplinary Policy Relating to Racism'.

The response given does not:

a) Provide a response to question 2 on what would be an appropriate disciplinary action for each of the given specific examples;

b) Does not answer question 3 on whether or not WMAS has a zero tolerance policy towards racism. There is no mention of zero tolerance to racism (only bullying) in the policies yet on 24/07/2017 the Emergency Services Operations Delivery Director told a meeting of BAME staff that WMAS has a zero tolerance policy towards racism. Please clarify if this is the case or if the director was mistaken or misleading the BAME staff present;

c) Does not answer question 4 for the same reasons above in b;

d) Does not answer question 5. For the avoidance of doubt I am requesting a response that clarifies if an employee would be dismissed if they were known to hold and share racist views.

e) Does not answer question 6.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/d...

Yours faithfully,

Martin Waite

:Freedom Of Information Mailbox, West Midlands Ambulance Service University NHS Foundation Trust

Our Reference: FOI/2973

Dear Mr Waite,

Thank you for your updated email.

Your request is currently being reviewed and we will respond to you formally in due course.

If I can be of further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me,

Kind Regards
 
Aimee Summers
Freedom of Information and Document Control Officer
 
West Midlands Ambulance Service University NHS Foundation Trust
Trust Vision: Delivering the right patient care, in the right place, at the right time, through a skilled and committed workforce in partnership with local health economies.

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Chris Kerr, West Midlands Ambulance Service University NHS Foundation Trust

Dear Martin Waite
Thank you for your email and I appreciate that my colleague Aimee has
already acknowledged your request for an appeal.
Nonetheless I think it is important to note that the Chief Executive
Officer, Professor Anthony Marsh, has been informed of your appeal
regarding the recent response to your Freedom of Information request.
I will update you again in due course regarding the progress of your
appeal,  but if there is anything I can do please do not hesitate to
contact me.
Yours sincerely, 
Chris

 

Christopher Kerr

 

Head of Governance and Risk

Data Protection Officer

07837 423 835

West Midlands Ambulance Service University NHS Foundation Trust

Waterfront Business Park, Brierley Hill, West Midlands, DY5 1LX

 

 

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From: :Freedom Of Information Mailbox
Sent: 02 June 2020 12:00
To: Martin Waite <[FOI #657006 email]>
Subject: RE: Internal review of Freedom of Information request -
Disciplinary Policy Relating to Racism
 
Our Reference: FOI/2973

Dear Mr Waite,

Thank you for your updated email.

Your request is currently being reviewed and we will respond to you
formally in due course.

If I can be of further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me,

Kind Regards
 
Aimee Summers
Freedom of Information and Document Control Officer
 
West Midlands Ambulance Service University NHS Foundation Trust
Trust Vision: Delivering the right patient care, in the right place, at
the right time, through a skilled and committed workforce in partnership
with local health economies.

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Chris Kerr, West Midlands Ambulance Service University NHS Foundation Trust

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Dear Martin Waite

Please find attached a response to your request for a review of a Freedom
of Information Act answer, reference number FOI2973.

If I can assist further please do not hesitate to contact me,

Regards

Chris

 

 

Christopher Kerr

 

Head of Governance

07837 423 835

West Midlands Ambulance Service University NHS Foundation Trust

Waterfront Business Park, Brierley Hill, West Midlands, DY5 1LX

 

 

 

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