Kent and Medway Mental Health Trust told Health & Safety must Improve, Park City Responds Thursday 4 June 2015 PDF Print The investigation occurred after the trust was late reporting a number of “serious incidents” affecting patients The reaction follows reports in Kent of an NHS trust failing to carry out basic health & safety checks. A spokesperson from Park City responds to the report. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has issued an improvement notice to the Kent and Medway Mental Health Trust, with changes to be made before 31 July. The HSE found that basic safety checks, including fire drills, weren’t being carried out at the trust which cares for more than 50,000 patients each year. The investigation occurred after the trust was late reporting a number of “serious incidents” affecting patients and staff, which need to be reported within 15 days. In 2014 there was a case of one incident taking 425 days to report to the HSE, while another described as a dangerous occurrence took 112 days. The improvement notice claimed that the trust ‘failed to conduct’ the necessary procedures to ensure the health and safety of employees and patients. “They’ve been through a rocky time in the last couple of years – they made cuts and they’ve had a lot of changes,” claimed Teresa Murray, a councillor on Medway Council. “I’m disappointed because this indicates that everything in the garden isn’t rosy and there are still things that need improving.” Park City, a leading provider of health and safety services across the country, takes a keen interest in reports such as this. A spokesperson provided this statement: “Health and safety is vital for organisations up and down the country, and if the proper checks aren’t being carried out then staff and others are being put at risk. “It doesn’t matter how big or small your organisation is, you still need to stay compliant with health and safety legislation. Not only is it a legal requirement from the government, but it also helps to create a safe and secure environment for your staff to work in which results in reductions in absenteeism and increased motivation and morale. Managing and monitoring health and safety compliance should always be a high priority and it makes good business sense.” Park City provides a broad range of services across health & safety and HR, meeting the needs of businesses across the country through specialist consultation. With a client base of over 200 companies, Park City is well placed to meet the needs of businesses through the implementation of flexible services. This press release was distributed by ResponseSource Press Release Wire on behalf of Park City in the following categories: Health, Education & Human Resources, Medical & Pharmaceutical, for more information visit http://pressreleasewire.responsesource.com/about.