Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Failures Are Revealed on Crime Checks

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Failures Are Revealed on Crime Checks

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Byline: Mike Kelly Reporter mike.kelly@ncjmedia.co.uk

AN investigation has been launched after ambulance bosses failed to check the criminal history of some of its paramedics.

It began after the North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust discovered it had no record of Disclosure and Barring Service checks for 388 staff.

Formerly known as Criminal Records Bureau checks, they are used to weed out criminals or sex offenders to protect vulnerable patients.

The Care Quality Commission has been alerted about the matter.

Its regional director for the North, Malcolm Bower-Brown, said the CQC will be publishing its report into it and any regulatory action it intends to take next month.

A spokesman for the ambulance service said of the 388 staff without proof of a check that 268 no longer needed one and of the rest, 42 were found to have a DBS check and 17 had either left or did not need one.

He added: "However, as it was not possible to quickly differentiate between who should be checked and who was exempt, an action plan to check all 388 employees was immediately undertaken, including those exempt from a check. …

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