FINANCE: Medway Foundation Trust accepted a fine for beaching health and safety laws, according to board papers presented in January.   

They state that the trust had pleaded guilty to section 3 of the 1974 Health and Safety at Work Act (HSW) in a court suit brought by the Health and Safety Executive. Section 3 of the act places general duties on employers to protect people other than their employees.

“The judge had given a favourable judgement and commended the trust on its conscientious care and the steps already taken to address the concerns,” the board papers said.

“The trust had been fined £42k and had paid £20k of the HSE’s costs. The trust’s costs were slightly less. £200k had been budgeted for in fines and expenses,” they add.