Mega can of worms!
After all the recommendations following the recent Northumbria case and the greater accountability placed on FEO's, how can Staffordshires procedures be correct. I have no doubt the writer is a person beyond reproach and everything is above board, but how can someone on the end of the telephone be certain all is legal and correct. As a certificate holder I have to say I am worried that these procedures are in place anywhere and what kind of reassurances can be given that all the boxes have been ticked. Would the enquirers report stand up in a court of law or even a coroner's court, I very much doubt it. This smacks of a money saving exercise which would not stand any scrutiny and is therefore worthless. Is this what those who campaigned for more stringent checks, later agreed in parliament, thought they would get as a result of all their grief and hard work. I don't think so. It is all well and good for the time being I suppose, until the wheel comes off!