Bribery Statement

The NHS takes bribery very seriously.  Bribery is a crime and Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS) does not, and will not, pay bribes or offer improper inducements to anyone for any purpose. Nor do we accept bribes or improper inducements. This applies to everyone who works for us or with us, including third parties who carry out work on our behalf.

The Bribery Act 2010 came into force during 2011 and creates specific criminal offences which carry custodial sentences of up to 10 years and potentially unlimited fines.

LCHS, in conjunction with NHS Protect, will seek to obtain the strongest penalties, including criminal prosecution, as well as disciplinary and civil sanctions against anyone associated with LCHS who is found to be involved in any bribery.

We are committed to anti-bribery and, as an organisation, will expect everyone to play their part.

Andrew Morgan, Chief Executive

David Woodward, Non-Executive Director

 

False or Misleading Information Offence

The Care Act 2014 has put in place new legislation from April 1, 2015, which now means that it is a new criminal offence to publish, or otherwise make available, certain types of information that is either false or misleading.  This includes outpatient and admitted patient care data, complaints information or information contained in reports such as the Quality Account. The legislation applies to all care providers, including Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS).

LCHS takes false or misleading information very seriously and is committed to taking all reasonable measures to ensure that all information provided by, or on behalf of, the Trust is clear, accurate and factual.

False information is defined as that which can be demonstrably proved to be incorrect.  There need not be any intent to supply or publish false information, only that the information is false or misleading in a material respect.

Misleading information is not necessarily false (although it can be) but is factually accurate, presented in such a way that the meaning of the information is distorted.

Failure to comply with these regulations is an offence under criminal law and if the organisation is convicted of the offence, it may result in a fine, together with a remedial or publicity order being imposed.

The Trust and its staff members must ensure that all information provided is accurate and is not presented in any way that could be considered to be misleading. 

If you have any queries relating to these regulations please contact the Trust Board Secretary or any member of the Corporate Assurance Team on 01522 308938.

David Woodward

Non-Executive Director

Audit Committee Chair