Concerns over released killer's Durham hospital job

First published in News The Northern Echo: Photograph of the Author Exclusive by , Reporter (Durham)

A UNION says it is extremely concerned after a convicted killer got a job in a public hospital without his employer knowing his horrific past.

Unison chiefs plan to hold talks with their members at the University Hospital of North Durham after it emerged Robert Bage, who stabbed a love rival 40 times with a kitchen knife, worked at the Durham City facility following his release from prison on licence.

Mr Bage worked at the County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust hospital employed by Balfour Beatty Workplace (BBW), the Trust’s Private Finance Initiative (PFI) partner.

In a statement, BBW said it was not made aware of Bage’s convictions during the employment process.

“Once this matter was brought to the attention of BBW, the employee was suspended and an investigation commenced immediately.

“Mr Bage no longer works with BBW,” the statement continued.

It is not known what job Bage had at the hospital but it is believed he worked in the kitchens. BBW said it was a “non-patient facing role”.

However, Sheila Wilson, a regional organiser for Unison, said: “We are extremely concerned that the recruitment process has allowed this to happen.”

Mrs Wilson said she would discuss the matter with Unison members and, if they raised any concerns, take those up with BBW.

Bage was jailed for life for killing 24-year-old Andrew Stanyer on March 2, 1991; having becoming jealous of Mr Stanyer’s relationship with his former partner.

He hid in the loft of her home in Stoke-on-Trent before attacking his rival, stabbing him 40 times – starting when his victim was asleep.

Bage was due to be released on licence in March 2005 and was expected to live in the North-East. He is originally from the Durham area.

At the time, Mr Stanyer’s brother, Alan, said life should mean life and Bage should never be released.

Bage’s current whereabouts are unknown. It is believed he has not worked at the hospital for at least two months.

The Ministry of Justice said it would not comment on individual cases.

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1:38pm Thu 29 Nov 12

onlinereader says...

Whilst I'm making an assumption, it's very likely to be the correct assumption. BBW obviously did not obtain a CRB prior to his employment. Had they done so his criminal history would have been very clear. For years, one of my previous employers (DCC) would say, we've sent off for it so it's ok as long as they are shadowing someone......sorry, it's not ok because relevant checks should be applied for and obtained before any employee is placed in the workplace with vulenrable groups.
Whilst I'm making an assumption, it's very likely to be the correct assumption. BBW obviously did not obtain a CRB prior to his employment. Had they done so his criminal history would have been very clear. For years, one of my previous employers (DCC) would say, we've sent off for it so it's ok as long as they are shadowing someone......sorry, it's not ok because relevant checks should be applied for and obtained before any employee is placed in the workplace with vulenrable groups. onlinereader
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9:21pm Thu 29 Nov 12

fitherg says...

the trust hasnt learnt a thing new agency staff who work in medical records have full access to patients details, medical history and access to wards and no crb check is done at all !!!!
the trust hasnt learnt a thing new agency staff who work in medical records have full access to patients details, medical history and access to wards and no crb check is done at all !!!! fitherg
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10:29pm Thu 29 Nov 12

outragedofmiltonkeynes says...

Of course the other side to this is that he has served his debt?
Whether or not life should mean life isnt really relevant as the courts prescribed the length of his sentence and after his release he got a job. Its highly unlikely that he would go around stabbing hospital patients at random isnt it.
Of course the other side to this is that he has served his debt? Whether or not life should mean life isnt really relevant as the courts prescribed the length of his sentence and after his release he got a job. Its highly unlikely that he would go around stabbing hospital patients at random isnt it. outragedofmiltonkeynes
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11:48am Fri 30 Nov 12

vercingetorix says...

He is entitled to attempt to rebuild his life...some people have managed to really turn their lives around like Jimmy Boyle and John McVicar, yet many people in authority wanted both locked up for much longer.
His serious offence was many years ago, and he shouldnt be denied work or social housing, otherwise you will end up with many itinerant ex offenders.
There is far too much 'mob mentality ' about, perhaps some of these people should take a look at themselves.
He is entitled to attempt to rebuild his life...some people have managed to really turn their lives around like Jimmy Boyle and John McVicar, yet many people in authority wanted both locked up for much longer. His serious offence was many years ago, and he shouldnt be denied work or social housing, otherwise you will end up with many itinerant ex offenders. There is far too much 'mob mentality ' about, perhaps some of these people should take a look at themselves. vercingetorix
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