All NHS staff who commit NHS resources directly or indirectly must be impartial and honest in their conduct of business and all employees must remain beyond suspicion. It is an offence under the Prevention of Corruption Act 1906 and 1916 for any employee to accept any inducement or reward for doing, or refraining from doing, anything in his or her official capacity, or corruptly showing favour, or disfavour, in the handling of contracts. MEL (1994) 48 details the principles for codes of conduct and accountability in situations where there is potential conflict between the private interests of NHS staff and their NHS duties and requires the establishment of a local code of conduct.
The Code of Corporate Governance – Section C Standards of Business Conduct for NHS Staff, is to ensure that all NHS employees in Dumfries and Galloway are aware of their duties under the MEL and to protect them from situations where they may be placed in a real or apparent conflict of interest.
REGISTER OF BOARD MEMBERS INTERESTS
Board members of devolved public bodies are required by the Regulations to give the ‘Standards Officer’ notice of their interests The Register must state:
the name of the board member;
their interests which fall within the categories listed below and as set out in the member’s code of conduct; and
if they have nothing to register they must record that fact under each applicable category.
Code of Corporate Governance for Board Members
The Scottish public has a high expectation of those who serve on the boards of public bodies and the way in which they should conduct themselves in undertaking their duties for Dumfries and Galloway NHS Board.
This Code covers members of Dumfries and Galloway NHS Board.
As a member of Dumfries and Galloway NHS Board, it is your responsibility to make sure that you are familiar with, and that your actions comply with, the provisions of this Code.