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Oxfordshire NHS hired criminals and illegal workers
9:30am Thursday 29th August 2013 in News
ILLEGAL workers and people with criminal records have been employed at Oxfordshire’s hospitals.
Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust has employed two illegal workers since 2010 and currently has 14 nursing staff with criminal records, Freedom of Information requests have revealed.
The trust employed an illegal immigrant as a linen room assistant at the John Radcliffe and a nurse at the children’s ward in the Horton General in Banbury.
The pair were discovered to be working illegally in 2012 and 2011, respectively, and were sacked.
A separate FoI revealed that 14 nursing staff currently employed by the trust have a criminal record – either a conviction or caution.
The trust said it no longer had details of the crimes because, in line with the Data Protection Act, it had been more than six months since the CRB disclosures.
OUHT deputy director of workforce Carl Jenkinson said: “The trust takes the safety and care of our patients and our staff extremely seriously.
“All applicants are subject to full identity, proof of address, right to work and criminal record checks before becoming members of staff.
“A recent audit by the UK Border Agency found no issues with our recruitment procedures.”
He said both illegal workers provided “full and relevant” documentation to get the jobs, but other agencies discovered discrepancies with the information.
NHS Counter Fraud was alerted and, following an investigation, both employees were dismissed. The trust was not fined for employing illegal workers.
Mr Jenkinson added: “Applicants or staff with criminal convictions or cautions are subject to robust risk assessments to determine whether they are fit to be employed or be retained given the nature and age of the conviction/caution.”