Monday, 17 December 2018

Powys Teaching Health Board, has asked all staff to register their nationality

 Over the Weekend I  had the following message from an employee of Powys Teaching Health Board Like my contact I too am horrified by the registration of nationality within the Welsh Health Service.  I am afraid the implications are serious and create real concerns . The stink of the 1930s is beginning to emerge. I feel a great unease. I also think it has nuch wider reonances and echoes that originate in the cultural and political agenda of the Far Right and of the closing of the openess and tolerance we have known in Wales. here is the message....this was the message....

Did you know that Powys Teaching Health Board, has asked all staff to register their nationality on the Electronic Staff Records system this week? The email from HR said it was to comply with government legislation that would come into force after Brexit. I refused due to a "conscientious objection on political and philosophical grounds" as I believe that this measure could be an enabler of fascism. I am not the only one. One of my colleagues also refused, citing yellow stars and tattooed numbers. The shape of things to come. Horrible.

I suspect that other boards and trusts will have to follow suite.
I was horrified.
I invoked the phrase "conscientious objection" as I believe it carries legal weight and they won't readily be able to try and force me to comply.

 This was the email sent out......

From:   (Powys Teaching Health Board - Workforce and Organisational Development)
Sent: 10 December 2018 15:08
Subject: Adding Nationality


Following on from the Powys Announcements on EU Settlement for (non-UK) EU citizens and non-EU family members of EU citizens working in the health and social care sector, we are asking staff to complete their nationality in ESR.  Instructions are attached on how to add your nationality to ESR in order for the health board to provide any support to those who may require it.


Workforce Intelligence & Systems Lead
Gwybodaeth Gweithlu a Systemau Arweinydd

“Bwriedir yr wybodaeth yn y neges hon ar gyfer y derbyniwr/wyr a enwyd yn unig. Gall gynnwys gwybodaeth freintiedig a chyfrinachol ac os nad chi yw'r cyfeiriedig na'r sawl sy'n gyfrifol am gyflwyno'r neges i'r cyfeiriedig, ni chewch gopio na rhannu'r neges na gweithredu yn ei chylch. Os ydych wedi derbyn y neges hon drwy amsyniad, a wnewch chi roi gwybod imi ar unwaith drwy e-bost.”

“The information contained in this message is intended for the named recipients only. It may contain privileged and confidential information and if you are not the addressee or the person responsible for delivering this to the addressee, you may not copy, distribute or take action in reliance on it. If you have received this message in error, please notify me immediately by return email.”

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