The Bribery Act 2010 came into force on 1 July 2011. The aim of the act is to tackle bribery and corruption in both the private and public sector.
The Act defines the following key offences with regards to bribery:
- Active bribery (offering, promising or giving a bribe);
- Passive bribery (requesting, agreeing to receive or accepting a bribe); and
- Bribery of a foreign public official.
The Act also sets out a corporate offence of failing to prevent bribery by an organisation not having adequate preventative procedures in place.
The Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust does not tolerate any form of bribery whether by its staff, contractors or suppliers. Bribery can have a detrimental effect on the Trust and can undermine the public’s perception of the Trust.
The board are committed to applying and enforcing effective anti-bribery measures to prevent, examine and eradicate fraud, bribery and corruption. The board will seek to apply the strongest penalties to anyone involved in bribery activities; staff and suppliers alike.
To reduce both the Trust’s and its staff’s exposure to Bribery there are clear policies in place:
- Standards of Business Conduct Policy
- Counter Fraud Policy
- Whistleblowing (Speak Up, Speak Out) Policy
A register of interest for directors, staff and governors is held to demonstrate the open and transparent way we conduct our work within the Trust.
Should you have any concerns or suspicions regarding bribery, corruption or fraud, please contact the Local Counter Fraud Specialist – Mo Jackson:
Tel: 01392 356034
*** All information received will be handled with the strictest of confidence ***