The Trust has been told the independent report by NHS London, is to be published next week.
We understand that this independent report, after a thorough investigation, finds that there was no bullying, and no specific targeting or victimisation of staff, around raising concerns, or any other matter. The report also finds that managers did not interfere in clinical decisions or try to prevent staff raising clinical incidents
The report finds that substantial efforts were made by the PCT and Great Ormond Street Hospital to resolve the issues raised. It does make some measured criticisms around some aspects of process which we will act on and learn from. Broadly the Trust feels this report supports its view of events. The issue of workload of course is largely a matter of funding, over which we have little control.
The Trust hopes to reach an amicable solution with its employee and thought she would welcome mediation.
A public debate on claims and counterclaims is not going to help reach a solution but it goes without saying we do not accept much of her interpretation of events, and we note an independent investigation largely fails to agree with her.
The Trust has held any discussions with her on a without prejudice basis. The compromise agreement was about employment and took place before any specific concerns were raised by her around child protection. As soon as such concerns were raised, the process was halted immediately, and an independent investigation commissioned by the Trust to see that these were addressed. It is therefore absolutely clear from the sequence of events that the compromise agreement could not have been an attempt to gag her over those concerns.
Neither of the two doctors who left have ever told us that they were driven out and of course the third still works in the service- and was available on the day Baby Peter was seen.
The Trust has tried to act quickly on the conclusions and action plans of all internal and external reports.
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