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Newcastle Gateshead Clinical Commisioning Group

Newcastle Gateshead Clinical Commisioning Group

Statement from the Chief Officer about the Bribery Act 2010.

As you may be aware, The Bribery Act came into force on 1 July 2011. The purpose of the Act is to prevent bribery and corruption in both the public and private sectors.

Bribery can be defined as the offering; promising, giving, accepting or soliciting of an advantage as an inducement for an action which is illegal or a breach of trust.

The Act has six principles, one of which is that there is top level commitment in the organisation to prevent and detect bribery. The Board of Directors is committed to this and Newcastle Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has operated a zero-tolerance policy against fraud and corruption for a number of years.  Paul Bevan from AuditOne has been identified as the lead person in this CCG for implementing an anti-bribery management programme and reports directly to the Chief Finance Officer.

It is essential that everyone working for, or on behalf of, the CCG is aware of the standards of behaviour expected of them. These standards are set out in the CCG’s policies and procedures and reflect not only the law but the expectations of behaviour enshrined in our Values.

As an NHS organisation we follow good NHS business practice and have robust controls in place to prevent bribery. However, as a CCG we cannot afford to be complacent and it is important that all our employees, contractors and agents comply with our policies and procedures, particularly with regard to procurement and sponsorship.

On behalf of Newcastle Gateshead CCG I confirm our commitment to ensuring that all staff are aware of their responsibilities in relation to the prevention of bribery.

Mark Adams
Chief Officer