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Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

Volume 507: debated on Monday 15 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) disciplinary and (b) capability procedures have been (i) initiated and (ii) completed in his Department in each of the last five years; how much time on average was taken to complete each type of procedure in each such year; how many and what proportion of his Department's staff were subject to each type of procedure in each such year; and how many and what proportion of each type of procedure resulted in the dismissal of the member of staff. (320630)

The Department's disciplinary and capability procedures are followed as part of its absence management; poor performance and misconduct policies.

Prior to 2006 records were not held centrally for the core Department, and are not available. Since then the core Department has not dismissed any civil servants for poor performance, although other sanctions, including demotion, have been used. In the last year fewer than five individuals have been dismissed from the core Department for reasons other than performance.

The following table sets out the information for those staff who have been issued a disciplinary penalty under the three disciplinary streams. All action is undertaken within the prescribed timescales within the Department's policies.

Total staff year average

Performance

Absence

Conduct

2006-07

2,250

32

Fewer than 5

6

2007-08

2,178

8

Fewer than 5

7

2008-09

2,222

9

Fewer than 5

Fewer than 5