Ken Wenman - Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 & Management of Health & Safety at Work 1999

Darren Cornish made this Freedom of Information request to South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

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Dear South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust,

According to the HSE legislation exists that can be used by employers to help them prevent or tackle the problem. This means that employers who fail to tackle bullying are breaking the law. Under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, all employers must provide a safe and healthy working environment, including protection from bullying and harassment at work. The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 require employers to assess the nature and scale of workplace risks to health and safety (this includes mental health), ensure that there are proper control measures in place to avoid these risks wherever possible and reduce them so far as is reasonably practicable where not.

On the 6th July 2016, myself and two unison Representatives met with Ken Wenman at Exeter Trust HQ, to discuss and make our concerns known that Bullying and Harassment was a major problem in East Cornwall. He acknowledged this and promised to change the culture of Bullying and Harassment within that sector and the Trust.

Can you then explain to me that under the legislation above which is law, why he then chose to not do anything about the problem?

Yours faithfully,

Darren Cornish

Dear South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust,

By law you should have responded promptly to my FOI request by 3rd January 2019. Please do so, or if not then explain why you have not done so.

Yours faithfully,

Darren Cornish

Dear South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust,

You are breaking the law by not answering to my request. Please reply now. This shall be made public, as is my right and also endorsed by the site, please see below.

Yours faithfully,

Darren Cornish

Alan Harness left an annotation ()

I am confused why, when SWASFT boast having an "Open, honest and transparent culture" why they are choosing not to respond to these very relevant questions.
Rachel Clarke, Senior Complaints and Whistleblowing Manager for the NHS is meant to be working closely with Ken Wenman and his senior managers in order to ensure the bullying culture changes.
Indeed, we all received reassurances on 29 January 2019 that a significant amount of the agenda Ms Clarke covered at their meeting on 22 January 2019 was to do with the bullying culture revealed by Prof Lewis's review in 2018.
Surely, a huge step forward would be achieved if SWASFT used this FOI request to acknowledge the problems experienced in the past in order to allow true progress to be made.
Failing to address these issues reduces any work Ms Clarke is doing with SWASFT to simple 'lip service', which we are all aware Mr Wenman and his senior staff, HR included have been allowed to get away with in the past.

Alan Harness

Dear South Western Ambulance Service 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 South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust's handling of my FOI request 'Ken Wenman - Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 & Management of Health & Safety at Work 1999'.

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

Yours faithfully,

Darren Cornish