Legal threat to Goodway over Hazelcroft reports.
LEGAL action will be taken against Lord Mayor Russell Goodway if he attempts to suppress reports into allegations of abuse and bullying at a failed old people's home.
One of Britain's biggest unions, the GMB, will go to the Attorney General if Mr Goodway restricts the publication of reports into Hazelcroft Residential Home in Pentrebane Road, Fairwater, the Echo can reveal today.
Mr Goodway - who is a member of the GMB - has previously warned there might be restrictions on their ``circulation or publication''.
He said reports from the council's chief regulatory services officer Malcolm Evans and solicitors Eversheds should be available in July. But he added: ``The publication of each document will be subject to individual legal processes that may restrict their circulation or publication at any stage.''
He said he would need to seek legal advice before deciding if the reports would be made public.
But John Frank, GMB senior organiser, said if Mr Goodway tried to ``hide the truth'' the union would alert the Government under the Public Disclosure Act.
He told the Echo: ``The GMB gives a commitment to its members and the residents of Cardiff that the full truth will be reported to them and that any attempt to suppress the whistle-blowing report, which was initiated by the GMB in 2000, will be reported to the Attorney General.
``The GMB is convinced the council's chief executive, Byron Davies, will act with integrity and produce the true facts of Hazelcroft, as he has a legal responsibility to do under the Public Disclosure Act.''
Hazelcroft closed for refurbishment at the end of last year after hundreds of complaints were lodged by staff against each other.
Earlier this year the Echo revealed inspectors - who visited the building last September - had accused staff of slapping, insulting and neglecting residents and of losing more than 5,000 tablets.
Malcolm Evans has carried out a ``detailed investigation'' which looks at a number of claims, including the alleged discovery three years ago on a member of staff of a naked picture of an elderly resident.
Lawyers at Eversheds are reviewing his findings and writing their own report.
A further inquiry by the National Assembly is looking at arrangements between Hafod Housing Association, which owned Hazelcroft, and the council, which staffed it.
Mr Goodway was not available for comment today.
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|Publication:||South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)|
|Date:||May 31, 2002|
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