Report into nepotism claims

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Dear South Devon Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust,

Please send me a copy of the report by South Devon Healthcare NHS Trust and the Torbay and Southern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust into claims by Clare Sardari and Penny Gates of nepotism by South Devon Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust chief executive Dr Paula Vasco-Knight.

Yours faithfully,

mojo90

sdhct infogov (SOUTH DEVON HEALTHCARE NHS FOUNDATION TRUST), South Devon Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Dear Mojo90
 

Thank you for your email dated the 30th January 2014 requesting a copy of a
report into the claims by C Sidari and P Gates of nepotism by the Chief
Executive of South Devon Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. 

 

Please would you clarify if you can,  which report you require.  As soon as this
is received your request will be dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of
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Torbay Hospital

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Dear sdhct infogov (SOUTH DEVON HEALTHCARE NHS FOUNDATION TRUST),

I am referring to the report referred to by the industrial tribunal here http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-dev... that was "dishonestly" suppressed by the trust.

To clarify further:

It heard Mr Hildrew refused to disclose the report and he told Julie Dent, chair of Southern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust, that there was no case to answer against Dr Vasco-Knight and that the other allegation against Mrs Murphy was "six of one and half a dozen of the other" meaning the claimants and Mrs Murphy were equally at fault.

Judge Roper said: "We find that there was a concerted effort by the South Devon Healthcare Trust to manipulate the investigation; accuse the claimants of malice; suppress the report, and to mislead the other parties as to its contents, with the apparent aim of protecting Dr Vasco-Knight and Mrs Murphy against the force of the claimants' allegations.

"This was completely contrary to the protection which they should have been offered under the whistle-blowing guidelines."

Yours sincerely,

mojo90

sdhct infogov (SOUTH DEVON HEALTHCARE NHS FOUNDATION TRUST), South Devon Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Dear Mojo90
 
Thank you for your email of the 31st January 2014 claryfying your request
which is now being dealt with.
 
Yours sincerely
 
Freedom of Information Office
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Torbay Hospital
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Our apologies - this email should have been sent to you last week.

 

Dear Mojo90

 

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Yours sincerely

 
 
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Dear Mojo 90

 

Thank you for your emails of the 30th and 31st January 2014 requesting
information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.  We have considered
your request in accordance with that Act. 

 

You requested a copy of the report by South Devon Healthcare NHS Trust and
the Torbay and Southern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust into claims by Clare
Sardari and Penny Gates of nepotism by South Devon Healthcare NHS
Foundation Trust chief executive Dr Paula Vasco-Knight. The Trust's
response is attached. 

 

 

If you have any queries please contact the Freedom of Information Office
quoting the above reference number.

 

If you are unhappy with this response you are entitled to ask for a review
by writing to the Deputy Chief Executive, South Devon Healthcare NHS
Foundation Trust, Torbay Hospital, Hengrave House, Newton Road, Torquay
TQ2 7AA. If you remain dissatisfied a complaint may be made to the
Information Commissioner. Details of how to do this are available from the
Information Commissioner’s office or website [1]www.ico.gov.uk

 

Yours sincerely

 

Freedom of Information Office
South Devon Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Torbay Hospital
Newton Road, Torquay, TQ2 7AA
Tel:  01803 654868.  Fax:  01803 617162 (Safe Haven)
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