One of the longest serving chief executives in the NHS has been dismissed for gross misconduct.
Following an investigation which spanned twelve months, Jonathan Parry has been permanently removed from his position at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital Trust.
Parry had been suspended from working at the hospital since August 2015 after a whistleblower made damaging allegations against the Chief Executive.
And now Parry has effectively been sacked from the role, ending a tenure which began back in 1999.
The nature of the allegations against Parry have never been made public, but the trust which investigated the case has released a statement on the subject.
“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, seven of which amounted to gross misconduct. The panel’s recommendation has been accepted and implemented by the trust board.”
Parry has already responded in an email which has been circulated among media, indicating his intention to appeal and, if necessary, escalate the case to an employment tribunal.
“Despite expecting this outcome whatever defence I mounted, it still comes as a sorry and I believe vindictive end to 36 years public service to the NHS. Unfortunately the NHS I joined in 1980 is not the NHS of 2016, but I remain proud of what I have achieved through thr support and hard work of all of the staff who have worked for me and with me. The NHS is under daily attack and we all need to nurture, protect and speak up for its founding principles.”
Chief operating officer Sheilah Finnegan and former HR director Sharon Partington had also been excluded last year, but both left the trust in September ahead of disciplinary hearings.
Meanwhile, deputy director of performance, Richard McCarthy has been cleared of all allegations and has returned to work.
In a separate statement, chair Sue Musson announced that she would no longer remain in position, and would be joining Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust as chair in January.
“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. 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,” Musson commented.
The chair of the trust also complemented the investigation into the wrongdoing.
“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.”
Iain McInnes had been appointed interim chief executive in August, becoming the trust’s fourth chief executive in a year.