Former Torbay Care Trust Charged Over Qualification Lies

The former chair of two NHS trust has been charged with providing misleading information regarding qualifications in order to be hired.

Jon Andrewes was chair of Torbay Care Trust from 2007, and its successor trust Torbay and Southern Devon Health and Care Trust, until becoming chair of Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust in 2015.

Yet Andrewes is accused of falsifying qualifications and experience before being appointed to these important healthcare positions.

Andrewes appeared at Torbay Magistrates Court earlier this month and is charged with four offences: two counts of false representation by misrepresenting his qualifications, once in 2007 and once in 2015; obtaining pecuniary advantage by deception in 2004; and possessing an article for fraud in 2016.

A plea has yet to be entered, but Andrewes is due to appear at Exeter Crown Court on 13th January 2017.

Andrewes had stepped down from the Royal Cornwall post in July, at the time citing illness.

A Royal Cornwall spokeswoman commented on the issue, ahead of the trial.

“We are aware of the forthcoming court case of former trust chair Jon Andrewes. As this matter is the subject of ongoing legal proceedings it would not be appropriate to comment further at this stage.”

NHS Improvement has declined to comment until the matter has been concluded legally.

The trust has had significant performance problems in recent years and senior leadership instability.

Mairi McLean is currently in position as interim chair, and there has been no word on the permanence of this arrangement considering the current climate.


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