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IMPORTANT Message to all staff from Geraint Davies

14 February 2017

Ambulance LogoDear Colleagues,

Many of you will, no doubt, have seen that The Daily Telegraph are running a story on the Trust today. This is also likely to be picked up by other media in due course.

The article covers a range of historic allegations, which have been investigated and dealt with already. Actions have been taken where appropriate and support provided to those involved at the time. Others are unsubstantiated, with no evidence to support them.

I am extremely saddened that the Trust, once again, finds itself the subject of media coverage such as this. This is extremely damaging, not only to those individuals named but also to the Trust a whole. It damages public confidence in us as a service and devalues the compassionate care that I know we are providing, every day, to our patients.

I am also saddened that today’s article has arisen after a large amount of internal information has once again been leaked to a journalist from within the Trust.

And I appreciate that, at times and especially previously, it may have felt like there were no internal avenues for serious concerns to be raised. However, this is not the case now, with a range of options available for staff who want or need to do this including the appointment of a Whistleblowing Champion at Board level and structured support for those staff who do raise concerns. I am very pleased, for example, to see the ‘Speak in Confidence’ facility being used by staff to raise concerns and queries.

But, let us also be very clear about the difference between whistleblowing and malicious leaking to the media. Today’s article is the latter - not a result of genuine ‘whistleblowing’ – all of the allegations made have been investigated and dealt with – but simply an attempt to create further negative media coverage for the Trust and the individuals named.

I have already asked the Trust’s lawyers for advice on how to deal with this issue and there are a number of steps that we are taking.

Finally, please let me apologise that the Trust, once again, finds itself at the centre of negative media coverage. It is such a shame, at a time when so many staff are working hard to move the Trust forwards.

Geraint Davies, Acting Chief Executive

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