Top hospitals boss is sacked from his post
SOUTHPORT and Ormskirk hospitals boss Jonathan Parry has been dismissed from his post for gross misconduct.
It follows a long series of investigations which has seen the chief executive on gardening leave on full pay for the past 14 months.
Mr Parry has the right to appeal against the decision.
A disciplinary hearing reviewed 21 allegations of misconduct, with the panel finding evidence on 11 counts of misconduct, seven of which amounted to gross misconduct.
The Trust declined to comment when asked to disclose the nature of the allegations against Mr Parry.
They declined when we asked to interview the hospital’s new chair in the aftermath of Trust Chair Sue Musson stepping down from her post into a new role.
Mrs Musson said: “This has been a very serious and complex matter for the Trust, and I’m grateful to the panel for conducting the hearing and reviewing all the evidence diligently.
“Resolving this disciplinary case (subject to any appeal) will now enable the Board to focus on our future and on the Trust’s key priority, delivering high quality, sustainable healthcare services to our local population.” Responding to the final sacking of Mr Parry, Sefton Council Lib Dem Health spokesman Cllr Tony Dawson said: “We appear to be still some way from the end of this matter. There are appeal processes and even potentially legal processes still to come. Bizarrely, the cost of these processes will all continue to detract from the provision of our local NHS.
“What concerns me rather more is there is a draft Care Quality Commission report as yet unpublished and being kept under tight wraps and plans for the future of our hospital have been put forward to Ministers by NHS Chiefs with no input whatsoever from anyone representing local people.”
Sue takes a new post as Chair of Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in January 2017.
Mrs Musson said: “The end of my current term of office coincides with the completion of the disciplinary investigations. Therefore, this feels like an appropriate juncture for me to move on and for a new chair to have a clear path to lead the Trust into the future.
“I want to acknowledge the bravery of individuals who came forward and spoke about their concerns. Following this difficult time for everyone concerned, the Trust now has an opportunity to focus on the future.”