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Open letter from whistleblower Re: Paula Vasco-Knight

SHARMILA CHOWDHURY

Open letter 26 April 2016 to the Council of Governors, St. George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Dear Sirs,

Ms Paula Vasco-Knight and Fit and Proper Person issues

My name is Clare Sardari. I am an Organisational Development Professional by background and one of two NHS whistleblower’s from Torbay in South Devon. In 2012 we raised concerns of nepotism by Ms Paula Vasco-Knight, who was then Chief Executive of South Devon Healthcare NHS Trust. We suffered reprisal and were both dismissed. In January 2014 an Employment Tribunal concluded that the trust run by Ms Vasco-Knight had covered up the nepotism and victimised us for whistleblowing.

Sir Robert Francis, who led the MidStaffs Public Inquiry, responded to the outcome of the Employment Tribunal with this strong criticism of the trust:

“It is important that no tolerance is afforded to oppressive managerial behaviour of the sort identified only last week by an…

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