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GMB told NHS Improvement may have breached Frimley Health Trust staff data

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GMB told NHS Improvement has potentially breached data of Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust staff facing privatisation. Every turn in this unfair move to discard long serving NHS Staff into the private sector through the WOS process convinces the us that those driving this are the least capable to do so, says GMB Southern

GMB members and Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust (FHFT) staff have sent private letters to Sir Andrew Morris, previous Chief Exec of Frimley NHS Trust and current Non Executive at NHS Improvement (NHSI) expressing and raising their objections and concerns and requesting his personal intervention as previous Chief Exec to help halt FHFT proposals of backdoor privatisation of over 1000 non clinical jobs.


Janet King, Deputy CEO who has been highly critical of GMB raising concerns and criticisms of the business plan to make a profit from outsourcing staff to a wholly owned subsidiary (WOS), has confirmed to the GMB that a large number of these private appeals to Sir Andrew Norris have been sent directly back to the Trust and are in her possession for examination of staff involvement.

 

GMB are seeking legal advice if this returning and sharing of private correspondence and personal details is a possible breech of the data protection act for every GMB and Staff member which have now allowed potentially their employer access to the letters content to identify and take action against what the Trust may now see as "trouble makers".


Asia Allison, GMB Regional Organiser said:


"GMB are angry and disappointed that NHSI, and/or Sir Andrew Morris are choosing as admitted by Janet King to hand back private letters containing pleas for help to the very employer the content is critical of.


"I was even more surprised when Janet King, who took great pleasure in informing me that she had in fact received all these personal letters, then offered them to GMB and potentially further breach the data protection act.


"We have immediately sought to gain legal advice whether this sending of letters back to FHFT by NHSI is in fact a potential breach of the data protection act and the real motive for doing so in the first place.


"GMB will now consider how we might now best support and protect our members should the Trust, Janet King or her managerial team potentially seek now to victimise or silence the very staff that have raised their concerns with NHSI regarding backdoor privatisation.


"Every turn in this unfair move to discard long serving NHS Staff into the private sector through the WOS process convinces the GMB that those driving this are the least capable to do so and now we are worried that the partnership between NHSI, the Trust and in particular Janet King is questionable and disadvantaging to every member of staff facing being discarded by the Trust into the cut throat world of private provision."


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Contact: Asia Allison 07813 541930 or GMB Southern Press Office 07970 114762