SISTEMA PENITENZIARIO, UN MILIONE DI STERLINE IN SALARI AL PERSONALE SOSPESO
Cifre rivelate in risposta ad un’interrogazione parlamentare di Patsy McGlone, SDLP
Stipendi a personale carcerario sospeso per un milione di sterline, nell’arco di 5 anni. 440.ooo sterline versati nel corso dell’ultimo esercizio.
Il NI Prison Service ha rivelato le cifre in risposta ad un’interrogazione parlamentare presentata da Patsy McGlone, rappresentate SDLP all’Assembly.
Un portavoce della polizia penitenziaria ha dichiarato che le attuali procedure sono state oggetto di riesame.
“Presunte violazioni di condotta sono prese sul serio dal NI Prison Service, in alcuni casi è opportuno che il personale non permanga al lavoro”, ha detto.
E’ stato sottolineato come le procedure vengano applicate nei confronti di membri dello staff oggetti di indagine per colpa grave oppure in attesa del risultato di un’azione disciplinare.
Resta inteso che la procedure di indagine possono potrarsi anche per un lungo periodo.
Patsy McGlone ha affermato di essere rimato di stucco davanti alle cifre presentate in risposta alla sua interrogazione al Ministero della Giustizia ed ha preannunciato una richiesta al Ministro della Giustizia, David Ford, di ulteriori dettagli.
Prison service spends £1m on suspended staff (BBC News Northern Ireland)
The Northern Ireland Prison Service has paid £1m in salaries to suspended staff since 2005, with over £440,000 paid out in the last financial year.
Details of the payments were revealed in an answer to an Assembly question by SDLP MLA Patsy McGlone.
A prison service spokesman said the current procedures were under review.
“Alleged breaches of conduct are taken seriously by the prison service, in some cases it is not appropriate for staff to stay in work,” he said.
The spokesperson said this applied to staff with a pending investigation of serious misconduct or whilst they were awaiting the outcome of disciplinary action.
“The Prison Service Code has detailed disciplinary procedures and where staff face serious charges it is important to ensure that the process is thorough and, on occasion, this can be a lengthy process.”
It is understood most of the payments last year went to Maghaberry staff who were suspended as part of an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the suicide of Colin Bell in the jail.
Mr McGlone said he was stunned when details of the payments were revealed in the written answer to a question he had asked the department of justice.
Mr McGlone also said he was alarmed by the extent of the payments, and planned to ask the Justice Minister David Ford for further details.
It was announced last week that nine prison staff who faced disciplinary charges following Mr Bell’s death in 2008 have been re-instated after appeals.
Two senior prison officers who were to be demoted as a result of the incident have also been returned to their previous positions, with a formal warning.