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Preservation (STOP) Notice

You are aware from Government announcements and information shared via Team Talk, a statutory inquiry into the government’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic will commence in the Spring of 2022 under the Inquiries Act 2005.

Within such a public inquiry process, individuals and organisations can be compelled to provide documentation, a witness statement and oral evidence under oath. Which means as a CCG/ICB we must ensure readiness for the Inquiry.

Amanda Pritchard, NHS England and NHS Improvement’s (NHSE&I) Chief Operating Officer and NHS Improvement’s Chief Executive has asked Healthcare leaders to consider four key areas of preparatory action:

  1. ensuring robust and comprehensive records management
  2. embedding systematic approaches to log key leavers, carry out exit processes and retain contact details
  3. considering wellbeing support for staff who may have to provide evidence
  4. appointing a named inquiry lead.

These areas are being pursued via the CCG and as such, in relation to point 1, this document – ‘Preservation (STOP) Notice’ is issued to all staff with immediate effect.  Further advice and guidance will be provided in respect of Inquiry preparation following the appointment of a Public Inquiry Lead, the process for which will commence in the coming days.

In the meantime please discuss any queries with your line manager.

John Turner