Health trust bosses are suspended; FOUR SENIOR FIGURES SIT OUT WORK, AS A 'HOLDING ACTION'.
Byline: FRANCESCA FITZSIMMONS ECHO Reporter email@example.com FrancescaFitz1 @
THE chief executive of Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust and three of his top team have been suspended as part of an investigation sparked by whistleblowing complaints.
Jonathan Parry, along with chief operating officer Sheilah Finnegan, human resources director Sharon Partington and deputy director of performance Richard McCarthy are all excluded from work.
The head of another Merseyside NHS trust is being brought in to help run the hospital.
The suspensions follow an independent external investigation into three separate whistleblowing complaints received by the trust.
The four are excluded while an internal investigation is now carried out.
The trust has said that during the investigation it will be unable to comment further as it relates to employment matters.
It stressed that no aspect of the whistleblowing complaints or investigation related to issues of patient care or safety and exclusion from work is not a disciplinary sanction.
Sue Musson, chair of the trust, said: "In response to the three whistleblowing complaints made to the trust and the subsequent independent external investigation by the Good Governance Institute, it has been necessary to exclude three senior executives and one other employee.
"I want to stress to our patients, their families and the public that no aspect of the complaints, the investigation that has taken place and the exclusion of the four employees are related to issues of patient care or patient safety.
"This action will not affect the healthcare services provided by the Trust to our patients.
"An internal investigation will now begin, in line with our disciplinary policy.
"With immediate effect Ann Marr, chief executive of St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospital NHS Trust and Gaynor Hayles, associate director of nursing at the NHS Trust Development Authority, will be assisting the trust."
This action will not affect the healthcare services provided by the trust to its patients Sue Musson, Southport and Ormskirk NHS Trust Chair
Jonathan Parry, the suspended chief of Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust, which describes the moves regarding senior staff as not being discplinary sanctions