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Three Code of Conduct complaints lodged against Deputy St Pier

Three Code of Conduct complaints lodged against Deputy St Pier

Monday 18 July 2022

Three Code of Conduct complaints lodged against Deputy St Pier

Monday 18 July 2022


Three Code of Conduct complaints have been made against Deputy Gavin St Pier following a speech he made earlier this year about the island’s health care system.

Deputy St Pier says the complaints have been made by Dr S Bohin, the Medical Specialist Group (MSG) and the Guernsey and Alderney branch of the British Medical Association.

“It is necessary that due process is followed and, whilst I am confident that I have not breached the Code of Conduct I will, of course, engage with the Code of Conduct processes, should the Chair determine that the matters should proceed,” said Deputy St Pier.

The three complaints have been submitted to the Chair of Code of Conduct panel in regards to Deputy St Pier’s speech on the Responsible Officer’s 2021 Annual Report. 

At the time he requested that the report be debated by the States’ Assembly, but this request was rejected. He claimed that the report “[masked] the presence of failings which I now know, sadly from personal experience, have existed since at least 2015”.

Deputy Gavin St Pier

Pictured: Deputy St Pier refutes the claim that he has breached the Code of Conduct. 

Deputy St Pier does not want the Code of Conduct process to distract from what he considers the real issue: “… that an independent expert has evidenced that the safeguarding processes within our children’s healthcare system have fundamental failings.”

“The recommendations of the Learning Report must be prioritised by all those involved with the governance and delivery of secondary healthcare. 

“Following the April 2022 debate (regarding the Responsible Officer’s 2021 report) I have been contacted by more families with serious concerns about their children’s healthcare and their families’ treatment by some of the professionals involved, with allegations of harm they and their families have suffered as a result of the behaviours (found by the Learning Report) to exist within our healthcare system.  

“We must, as a community, ensure that long-term systemic changes are made, so that the culture becomes one of transparency, accountability and learning. 

"It is incumbent upon MSG, and their commissioners at the Committee for Health and Social Care, to ensure that the healthcare we receive is quality assured to the highest standard. It is for this reason that I – together with the other families in our group – request that the Learning Report and is put into the public domain. 

“In this way, the community can begin to build confidence that vital changes are being made to a service that costs Guernsey’s taxpayers £21m each year.”

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