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16 January 2001

MSF WELCOMES DECISIVE ACTION ON BEDFORD HOSPITAL MORTUARY

Health union today (Tuesday, 16 January) welcomed the decisive action by the Secretary of State at Bedford Hospital NHS Trust, which has resulted in the resignation of Chief Executive, Ken Williams.

MSF Head of Health Roger Kline said today:

"MSF had had concerns for a long time about the management style at this hospital which has undermined staff morale.

The unwillingness of the hospital management to face up to difficult issues led the Community Health Council to report the Trust to the Commission for Health Improvement last year over its handling of an inquiry into the Cardiology service when the Trust sought to scapegoat a junior manager rather than tackle systemic problems.

In particular, MSF has been concerned that there has been an unwillingness to accept constructive criticism and an apparent determination to root out its main critics. Later this spring, MSF will be taking a major employment tribunal claim against the Trust and its former Chief Executive in respect of the unfair dismissal of Monica Carmichael, MSF member, cardiology technician and secretary of the trade union staff side at the hospital."

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Roger Kline 0468 69 39 34

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MSF represents 65,000 health service professionals including the Guild of Healthcare Pharmacists, laboratory scientific staff, medical technical officers, the College of Health Care Chaplains, the Community Psychiatric Nurses Association, the Medical Practitioners’ Union, clinical psychologists, speech therapists, the Hospital Physicists Association and the Community Practitioners’ and Health Visitors’ Association.

MSF has 400,000 skilled and professional members in a wide range of industries.

It is the UK’s fifth largest union.


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