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Birmingham Women's Hospital

Volume 450: debated on Monday 16 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the procedures are at Birmingham women’s hospital for informing staff members of the allegations made against them when they are suspended from work on disciplinary grounds. (91879)

Procedures for informing national health service staff members of allegations made against them when they are suspended from work is a matter for individual NHS trusts. I am advised that at Birmingham Women’s Health Care NHS Trust, suspension of a member of staff in itself is not a disciplinary action and does not assume guilt of the individual involved. It is a neutral act that enables the trust to fully investigate allegations of a serious nature.

I also understand that at the time of suspension the employee will be informed in private of a brief outline of the reasons for the action. This will be confirmed in writing to the employee and all matters after this time will be communicated by the investigation team.