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Comment on staff screening in the NHS

Backgroundchecking.com : 04 July, 2007  (Technical Article)
Steve Bailey, managing director of BackgroundChecking.com comments on the link between terror suspects and their employment in the NHS.
Dr Edwin Borman, chairman of the British Medical Association's International Committee has confirmed that currently, foreign medical worker checks are carried out in a three stage process: A Home Office check, a General Medical Council 'fitness to practice' check, and a criminal record check which is carried out by the individual employer.

Steve Bailey of BackgroundChecking.com comments:.

Following a recent shift in responsibility for detecting and reporting fraudulent activity, making UK employers liable for ensuring they are not employing foreign nationals illegally (with penalties extending to the disqualification of company directors), the duty is now on recruiters, who are not typically equipped to provide extensive checking services, to undertake effective background checking before placing people within their organisation.

The recently launched VeriScan solution from BackgroundChecking.com, offers a scanning service to log and track the security features of documents issued by international governmental organisations or regulatory bodies. VeriScan provides information on the validity, integrity and status of documents such as passports, driving licenses, work and residency permits and professional certificates, with obvious advantages for security and compliance, to UK employers.

Many UK organisations don't have the administrative means to carry out even basic background checking of staff. As a result such checks are often either not performed at all, or are not carried out efficiently to enough depth.

Of the 1,003 working adults questioned in a recent survey* who admitted that they would consider falsifying information on their CV, the vast majority (87 per cent) said that if they knew that companies thoroughly checked all details on a CV, it would act as a deterrent to falsifying any information. Yet, 66 per cent of people do not believe that employers thoroughly check the details on all CVs and job application forms.

Perhaps more alarmingly for businesses, if it was thought it would to go undetected, 39 per cent of people would lie on their CV and a worrying 42 per cent of those questioned claim to know individuals who have falsified information on their CV or on application forms. If they thought it would go undetected, the most likely types of 'CV fraud' would be salary (23 per cent), level of previous experience (14 per cent) and educational qualifications (13 per cent), followed by dates of employment (10 per cent), job title (nine per cent) and age (six per cent). Some respondents even felt that 'forgetting' their criminal records or actually faking references was worth falsifying, if they could get away with it!
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