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Weekly Edition - Published  28 October 2016


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Outcome of chief executive disciplinary panel

SOUTHPORT and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust confirmed that its Chief Executive, Jonathan Parry, has been dismissed for gross misconduct. Mr Parry has the right of appeal against the decision. The announcement follows the outcome of a disciplinary hearing which reviewed 21 allegations of misconduct. The disciplinary panel found evidence on 11 counts of misconduct, 7 of which amounted to gross misconduct. The panel’s recommendation has been accepted and implemented by the Trust Board.

Trust Chair, Mrs Sue Musson, said:- “This has been a very serious and complex matter for the Trust, and I am grateful to the panel for conducting the hearing and reviewing all the evidence so 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.”

Mrs Musson confirmed that she will not be extending her contract for a second term with the Trust. She also confirmed that she will be taking up a new post as Chair of Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, in January 2017.

Mrs Musson has formally notified NHS Improvement of her decision and has informed her Board colleagues. Mrs Musson’s final day with the Trust will be 30 November 2016. Speaking about her decision, Sue Musson said:- “It has been a great honour and a privilege to have served as the Chair of Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust for the last 2 years. During my time as Chair, I have had an opportunity to work with many wonderful people who are dedicated to providing the best possible care to the local communities our NHS Trust serves. Like me, they are passionate about the National Health Service and committed to delivering high quality healthcare services for the benefit of local patients. It was a very difficult decision choosing not to continue in the role. I do believe, though, it is the right decision. 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 the individuals who came forward and spoke out about their concerns. Following this difficult time for everyone concerned, the Trust now has an opportunity to focus on the future.  I leave in the knowledge that the Trust is in the skilled, knowledgeable and capable hands of my Board colleagues. I know they will support the incoming Chair and all the Trust staff to continue to deliver the best possible healthcare to the people of Sefton and West Lancashire. I want to thank everyone within the Trust and the wider health economy for their generous help and support. I will very much miss working with you."

Mrs Musson has accepted the position of Chair at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. She will take up the post on 1 January 2017.


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