Staff 'Insulted' At Kit Kat Thanks

Staff who helped their Devon hospital win a national award are said to be "insulted'' after they were thanked with a free Kit Kat bar worth 60p.

Staff who helped their Devon hospital win a national award are said to be "insulted'' after they were thanked with a free Kit Kat bar worth 60p.


About 4,000 staff at Torbay Hospital were told to "have a break'' and cash in a voucher for the snack - which could only be redeemed in the hospital canteen. 

The dedication and hard work of the hospital staff won the South Devon Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust the title of Acute Healthcare Organisation of the Year 2011 at the Health Service Journal awards.


But a Trust spokesman said the Kit Kat gift had been misinterpreted and was simply a "light-hearted gesture'' as part of a package of thanks. The awards event in London was attended by staff representing a wide range of services, including nurses, matrons and catering staff. 


The South Devon Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust said the voucher was sent out with payslips and was just one of a number of thank you measures. In a statement the Trust said: "We are disappointed that this small gift has been misinterpreted in this way. This was simply one light-hearted gesture as part of a whole programme of celebration and thanks to our staff for winning this award. 

"This has included an all-staff prize-draw with thousands of pounds worth of prizes donated by local business and an event, on Wednesday of this week, where the chief executive once again thanked staff for their hard work and commitment to giving our patients the best possible care. 

"We will not stop saying thank you to our staff. They are what makes this organisation successful and we are proud of what they have achieved for Torbay Hospital and for our patients.''

Recently Played Tracks

On TV: 24 Reasons We Heart Christmas!

4pm - 6pm

Watch heart TV

  • East 17 Stay Another Day

    Now

    iTunes

  • Bon Jovi Please Come Home For Christmas

    16:21

    iTunes

  • Wizzard I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday

    16:17

    iTunes

  • Lady Antebellum A Holly Jolly Christmas

    16:10

    iTunes

Heart VIP

Local

Autumn Weather

Find your local four day weather report here.

Listening To Radio Win With Heart

Make Heart the soundtrack to your day and you could be a winner with great prizes up for grabs throughout the day.

Shopping Our Advertisers

Get great deals and money off vouchers, plus find out more about who's advertising on Heart.

Follow Heart on Twitter