Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust

Health written question – answered on 7th April 2010.

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Photo of Lynne Featherstone Lynne Featherstone Shadow Minister (Children, Schools and Families), Liberal Democrat Spokeperson (Children, Schools and Families)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health

(1) what offers Great Ormond Street Hospital NHS Trust has made to Dr. Kim Holt to resolve her grievance with the Trust; what agreement the Trust has sought from Dr. Holt in return; and what guidance his Department has given to (a) NHS London and (b) the Trust on steps to resolve the grievance;

(2) what steps (a) his Department and (b) the NHS has taken to implement the recommendations of the independent investigation undertaken on behalf of NHS London into the employment of Dr. Kim Holt by Great Ormond Street Hospital NHS Trust; and if he will take steps to ensure full implementation of all recommendations in the report.

Photo of Ann Keen Ann Keen Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Health Services), Department of Health

The Department would expect national health service organisations to adhere to relevant employment legislation and best practice human resources. Disciplinary and grievance issues in the NHS are dealt with at a local level in line with local policies and procedures. Therefore questions should be referred directly to the chief executive of Great Ormond Street Hospital NHS Trust.

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