Top hos­pi­tals boss is sacked from his post

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Front Page - BY AN­DREW BROWN an­drew.brownNW@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @PJ_Kirkham

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.”

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