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The Bribery Act 2010

Statement from the Chief Executive

The Bribery Act 2010 which came into force on 1 July 2011 aims to tackle bribery and corruption in both the public and private sectors. 

Bribery can be defined as "giving someone a financial or other advantage to encourage them to perform their functions or activities improperly or reward them for having done so".

Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is committed to applying the highest standards of ethical conduct, following good NHS Business practice and having robust controls in place to prevent bribery.  As an organisation we cannot afford to be complacent and under no circumstances is the giving, offering, receiving or soliciting of a bribe acceptable.  The Trust's zero tolerance approach to bribery and corruption is set out in further detail within the Trust's Anti Bribery Policy and across a range of other Trust policies and procedural documentation.  It is essential that everyone working for, or on behalf of, the Trust is aware of the standards of behaviour expected of them.

On behalf of the Trust I confirm our commitment to ensuring that all staff are aware of their responsibilities in relation to the prevention of bribery and corruption and that the risk of Trust exposure to acts of bribery is mitigated.

Patricia Miller
Chief Executive Officer