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Thursday, 17 April 2014

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Barrow hospital nursing boss quits but will keep salary

ONE of the top bosses who oversaw major failings at a troubled hospital trust will continue to receive her £109,730 salary from the organisation while working elsewhere.

Jackie Holt, executive chief nurse at the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust, has stepped down from the role.

But cash-strapped UHMBT will continue to pay her wages for another 12 months, during which she will be seconded to Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

The deal bears similar hallmarks to that made with former chief executive, Tony Halsall, who continued to receive his £150,606 salary from UHMBT after moving into a lesser role with the NHS Confederation in February 2012.

Details of his secondment were only revealed following a year-long campaign by the Evening Mail.

Announcing Mrs Holt’s departure yesterday, UHMBT chairman John Cowdall said: “When I joined in February, I said I would ensure that we operated in an open and transparent manner and I have today also shared with the press and staff the details of Jackie’s secondment arrangements within the wider NHS.

“I would like to offer further reassurance that there are no ‘gagging’ or confidentiality clauses in the contract with Jackie preventing her from talking about the trust.”

Having joined the trust as a member of the executive team in August 2008, Mrs Holt was at the heart of the board which oversaw various serious failings at Furness General Hospital.

But she remained part of the team overhauled and reformed by former interim chairman, Sir David Henshaw, who was drafted in by health regulator, Monitor, in February 2012.

Of yesterday’s announcement, the Morecambe Bay Inquiry Action group, which has campaigned for past failings at UHMBT to be addressed, said: “We are pleased that the trust are taking action to strengthen their clinical leadership. In view of the history of the trust, and Jackie Holt’s responsibilities, it seems appropriate.”

UHMBT did not provide Mrs Holt’s job title at the Warrington trust, but said she will be working on a specific project around workforce skills and future ways of working. After 12 months, she will no longer be employed by either organisation.

UHMBT chief executive, Jackie Daniel, thanked Mrs Holt for her time with the trust and said work would now begin to find her replacement.

Have your say

This is the problem with modern society, the bosses walk away from there mistakes with a massive handout, & we are kept in the dark still not knowing if its for the actual work they have done, or is it to keep them quiet & on side? All the time the funding for vital work e/g in the NHS a its real hard pressed workforce & services have to suffer, pure Greed, alive & festering in our communities!

Posted by Wally ! on 20 June 2013 at 15:10

Another bl##dy farce - If you lose your job you lose your pay - end of.

Posted by Speak Up on 19 June 2013 at 19:28

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