Investigation review into alleged potential conflicts of interest
Following regional and national media coverage in July 2016 Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust commissioned workplace investigations specialists Tamarix People to carry out an independent external review into the allegations made against the Trust and two of its consultants, Mr Stephen Lake and Mr Steve Pandey. The investigation was conducted in September and reported in October. The findings were presented to the Trust’s Audit Committee in November and to the next Public Board meeting in January 2017.
A copy of the Terms of Reference of the investigation can be found by clicking here.
Following this detailed review, the investigation concluded that there was no evidence of any wrong doing or conflict of interest on the part of the two consultants in relation to the commissioning of endoscopy services and the allocation of NHS patients to Spire South Bank Hospital (SSBH).
In its conclusions, the report highlights that until 2015/16 the Trust had failed to implement adequate procedures to ensure the regular recording and updating of corporate registers detailing the declaration of interests of their medical staff. However, the information about medical consultants’ involvement in private practice activities is contained in other Trust records, including individual job plans and appraisal documents. The report established that neither Mr Pandey nor Mr Lake played any part in the decision made by the Trust and Clinical Commissioning Groups to outsource endoscopic activity to SSBH. Overall, the investigation found no evidence of any wrongdoing or conflict of interest and completely exonerated them. The report’s conclusions can be found by clicking here.