Anti-terror chief reports on NHS

#1
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pa.press.net - 09.07.2007 11:01
Anti-terror chief reports on NHS


Britain's new security minister will deliver his initial verdict on NHS overseas recruitment procedures following an emergency review ordered by Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

Admiral Sir Alan West was ordered to examine potential failings after it emerged eight people being held over failed car bomb attacks in London and Glasgow all had links to the health service.

The former head of the Royal Navy will meet Mr Brown in private and it remained unclear today whether his findings would be made public at this stage.

But his report comes amid criticism of UK anti-terror procedures from the head of Interpol, Ronald K Noble, who accused the Government of "putting UK citizens at risk".

Mr Brown announced a fresh push last week, including the expansion worldwide of a "watch list" of potential terrorists to help warn other countries and new international agreements.

He reinforced his message yesterday, saying an expanded system for sharing data on potential threats was required as "a matter of urgency".

"We do now need more information flowing internationally about who are potential terrorists and who are potential suspects," he told Sky News.

"I think it is very important that we tighten this up and it is something we are looking at as a matter of urgency."

But Mr Noble said Britain was failing to check would-be immigrants against a worldwide database of more than 11,000 terror suspects.

"The guys detained last week could be wanted, arrested or convicted anywhere in the world and the UK would not know," he told the Sunday Telegraph."
 
#2
Maybe our Immigration and Employment proceedures as a whole could be looked at, some sort of "Terrorism Clearance" checks, which any Government organization should use.

Probably being a bit too harsh here, but i think our "Net" has the strings set too far apart to catch anything.

Sparks
 
#3
SparkySteve said:
Maybe our Immigration and Employment proceedures as a whole could be looked at, some sort of "Terrorism Clearance" checks, which any Government organization should use.

Probably being a bit too harsh here, but i think our "Net" has the strings set too far apart to catch anything.

Sparks
More likely you're not being harsh enough, mate. :evil:
 
#4
I don't think its the NHS overseas nurses, the problem comes from the lack of security measures within the GMC.

For an overseas nurse to work within the NHS, they need to have references from their countries NMC register (nursing register). They are then put on a trial of 6 months, during this time if there is any problem they have to leave.

However with Dr's its a totally different story, they are independently monitored, unlike with other health care professionals who are governed under the government.

Dr's have their own register, and it is monitored by Dr's themselves, they are not governed by the government.

It's not the NHS that needs to be looked at, its the GMC however im sure if that happened then Dr will complain again... it happened about 100 years ago, and it will happen again. Dr don't like people poking their noses in they think they are better then that.
 
#5
JumpShip said:
I don't think its the NHS overseas nurses, the problem comes from the lack of security measures within the GMC.

For an overseas nurse to work within the NHS, they need to have references from their countries NMC register (nursing register). They are then put on a trial of 6 months, during this time if there is any problem they have to leave.

However with Dr's its a totally different story, they are independently monitored, unlike with other health care professionals who are governed under the government.

Dr's have their own register, and it is monitored by Dr's themselves, they are not governed by the government.

It's not the NHS that needs to be looked at, its the GMC however im sure if that happened then Dr will complain again... it happened about 100 years ago, and it will happen again. Dr don't like people poking their noses in they think they are better then that.
Do we think Doctors can be trusted with this kind of security?

Two words: Harold Shipman.
 
#7
It's not just Harold Shipman there are many more Dr's who have been brought up against the GMC however we have not heard about it because for DR's they have this "protect our own" it's only when three or more people bring it to the attention of the paper's. Dr's tend to be able to cover up one or two complains saying the patient/patient's are mentally disturbed. (It happens more then people realise)
 

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