RNOH – cancellation of interview

To: ‘roger@kline.org.uk’, Titcombe, James, rob.hurd@rnoh.nhs.uk Cc: ‘sharmila.chowdhury@hotmail.co.uk’, dean.royles@nhsemployers.org
I would just like to add my personal admiration of Sharmila, look forward to hearing the outcome of your conversation with Rob Hurd. David

From: Roger Kline [mailto:roger@kline.org.uk]
Sent: Tuesday, April 08, 2014 10:39 PM
To: Titcombe, James; rob.hurd@rnoh.nhs.uk
Cc: sharmila.chowdhury@hotmail.co.uk <sharmila.chowdhury@hotmail.co.uk>; Prior, David; dean.royles@nhsemployers.org
Subject: RE: Urgent FAO Rob Hurd


Thank you for your prompt response. Sharmila’s dignity in the face of the terrible consequences occasioned by her raising a protected disclosure when employed by Ealing puts us all to shame.

I am pleased to say that I have already had a response from Rob Hurd and I hope he and i can speak in the morning and find a positive way forward.

Best wishes


From: Titcombe, James [mailto:James.Titcombe@cqc.org.uk]
Sent: 08 April 2014 22:04
To: ‘roger@kline.org.uk’; rob.hurd@rnoh.nhs.uk
Cc: ‘sharmila.chowdhury@hotmail.co.uk’; Prior, David; dean.royles@nhsemployers.org
Subject: Re: Urgent FAO Rob Hurd

Dear Roger,

Thank you for copying me into this correspondence. Having met Sharmila on number of occasions, it would be hard to find a more dedicated or committed individual – I would imagine her integrity would be a significant asset to any organisation she worked for.

I was greatly saddened to hear of Sharmila’s experience today and this is something I think needs to be raised when Sharmila and I meet with Jeremy Hunt’s special advisor next week.

Kind Regards,

From: Roger Kline [mailto:roger@kline.org.uk]
Sent: Tuesday, April 08, 2014 09:41 PM
To: rob.hurd@rnoh.nhs.uk
Cc: ‘sharmila chowdhury’ <sharmila.chowdhury@hotmail.co.uk>; Prior, David; Titcombe, James; dean.royles@nhsemployers.org
Subject: Urgent FAO Rob Hurd

Dear Rob

Please find attached a letter for your urgent attention regarding the apparent victimisation, for the second time by your Trust, of Sharmila Chowdhury, whistleblower.

I would appreciate your giving it your personal attention and not passing it to HR as in part this is a serious complaint about your HR function.

I have suggested in the letter that we speak personally today. I would appreciate your positive response to that invitation.

I have copied it to colleagues at CQC and NHS employers since they have responsibilities for the implementation of NHS whistleblowing policies and the prevention of detriment to those who raise concerns.

Thank you

Roger Kline

Co-Director Patients First


To: ‘sharmila chowdhury’, Titcombe, James Cc: Manroy, Angela

Sharmila, I am so sorry about this. It is very distressing and so unfair and wrong. I am copying this to Eileen who has overall responsibility for our recruitment activities which are now under way. Best Wishes. David

David Prior


Care Quality Commission

Finsbury Tower

103-105 Bunhill Row



Telephone: 020 7448 9241

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E-mail: david.prior@cqc.org.uk

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From: sharmila chowdhury [mailto:sharmila.chowdhury@hotmail.co.uk]
Sent: 08 April 2014 14:00
To: Prior, David; Titcombe, James
Cc: Manroy, Angela
Subject: FW: Interview Confirmation

Dear David and James,

Today I was supposed to attend interview for a temporary post as Imaging Manager for 3 months at Royal National Orthopedic Hospital (RNOH) at Stanmore. This morning however, agency dealing with this recruitment said that HR has refused the interview me but would not disclose to them their reasons. The client they have been dealing with at RNOH was really interested in me.

This the 2nd time RNOH has done this. This is the same hospital who had offered me a permanent post and was withdrawn by their HR department. The panel members all consisting of clinical staff were all aware of my whistleblowing past and were supportive.

Thought I would let you know. I am being treated like a ‘criminal’.

With warm wishes


From: gstorey@venngroup.com
To: sharmila.chowdhury@hotmail.co.uk
Subject: Interview Confirmation
Date: Fri, 4 Apr 2014 15:31:02 +0100

Hi Sharmila,

I can confirm your interview at RNOH on Tuesday 8th April at 2.30pm.

Please find an interview preparation outlining the location and some information about the role.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Kind regards


Gemma Storey | Healthcare Division
Venn Group | Norman House, 105-109 The Strand, London, WC2R 0AA
T: 020 7557 7667 | F: 020 7557 7666 | E: gstorey@venngroup.com | W: www.venngroup.com