Bribery and corruption

Statement of Compliance for Bribery Act 2010

On the 1 July 2011 the Bribery Act came into force. The Bribery Act applies to all commercial and NHS organisations, and provides a new consolidated scheme of bribery offences.

The Act contains two general offences covering the offering, promising or giving of a bribe and the requesting, agreeing to receive or accepting of a bribe. It also sets out two further offences which specifically address commercial bribery:

  • bribery of a foreign public official in order to obtain or retain business or an advantage in the conduct of business
  • a new form of corporate liability for failing to prevent bribery on behalf of a commercial organisation.

The Board and Executive Team within Gateshead Health are against any form of bribery, and are committed to the terms and obligations imposed by the Bribery Act. It is a duty of all our staff to consider any hospitality offered to them, inform their line manager of the offer, and to declare any such hospitality on the Gift and Hospitality Register.

When entering in to contracts with organisations Gateshead Health follows the NHS standard terms and conditions of contract for the purchase of goods and supplies.

If you suspect that bribery or corruption has or is taking place, please contact the Counter Fraud Team at AuditOne on:

Telephone: 0191 441 5936

Call us on 0191 482 0000

In emergencies dial 999 / Non-emergencies dial 111

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