Disciplinary proceedings over NHS staff using social media or instant messaging apps

Kat Lay made this Freedom of Information request to Bedford Hospital as part of a batch sent to 225 authorities

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The request was partially successful.

Dear Bedford Hospital NHS Trust,

I am writing with a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I would like this information for the calendar year to date, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2013.

Please can you tell me:

*How many people working at the trust have been subject to disciplinary proceedings for their use of instant messaging apps (e.g. WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Snapchat)?

*How many people working at the trust have been subject to disciplinary proceedings for their use of social media (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)?

*Please tell me, for each case, the job title of the staff member concerned (e.g. junior doctor, consultant, nurse, administrative staff) and which sanctions were applied (e.g. dismissal, formal warning, referral to professional regulator).

I would prefer to receive the information electronically, and in either Excel or CSV format.

Should this request be likely to breach the costs limit set out in section 12 of the FOI Act, I would like the information for the most recent calendar years in turn, going backwards until the cost limit is reached.

Yours faithfully,

Kat Lay
Health Correspondent
The Times
020 7782 5054 // 07775 694 789

FOI, Bedford Hospital

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Kind regards,

Bedford Hospital NHS Trust

IG/FOI Co-ordinator

 

FOI, Bedford Hospital

Dear Kat,

I acknowledge receipt of your request under the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act, and you can expect the Trust’s response on or by 08/05/2018.

Yours sincerely

Monika Fronczak
IG/FOI Coordinator
Information Governance
Corporate Affairs
Bedford Hospital NHS Trust
Kempston Rd | Bedford | MK42 9DJ
Direct dial: 01234 355122
[email address]

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FOI, Bedford Hospital

Dear Kat,

I write in response to your request under the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act.

Please see the trust’s replies, set out with your questions, below.

I would like this information for the calendar year to date, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2013.

Please can you tell me:

*How many people working at the trust have been subject to disciplinary proceedings for their use of instant messaging apps (e.g. WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Snapchat)?

0≤5

*How many people working at the trust have been subject to disciplinary proceedings for their use of social media (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)?

0

*Please tell me, for each case, the job title of the staff member concerned (e.g. junior doctor, consultant, nurse, administrative staff) and which sanctions were applied (e.g. dismissal, formal warning, referral to professional regulator).

0≤5

I would prefer to receive in an Excel or CSV format.

You will notice that totals have been given as ≤5. Due to the tiny numbers of staff involved, the Trust has withheld the exact figures as disclosure might pose a risk to patient confidentiality. The exact data has therefore been withheld under the exemption set out in Section 40 of the Freedom of Information Act – the exemption for personal information.

This information is provided for your personal use and is the property of Bedford Hospital NHS Trust and subject to any existing Intellectual Property and Database Rights. Any commercial application or use of this information may be subject to the provisions of the Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2015 (RPSI). This means that if you wish to re-use the information provided for commercial purposes for any reason you must ask the Trust for permission to do so.

I hope that this information is of help to you but if you are not satisfied with the Trust’s response, or want to complain about the way in which your request has been handled, you are entitled to request an internal review. To do so, please contact the Information Governance Manager at [email address] Should your complaint not be upheld you have the right to appeal against the decision by contacting the Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow SK9 5AF.

Yours sincerely

IG/FOI Coordinator

Bedford Hospital NHS Trust
Kempston Rd | Bedford | MK42 9DJ

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