Community concern over NHS hospital bosses’ suspensions in Southport
Community representatives have expressed deep concern over the revelations of four senior NHS Trust managers being suspended at the Southport & Ormskirk NHS Trust. The suspensions have been linked by the NHS Trust Chair Sue Mussom to ‘whistleblowing’ within the hospitals.
Southport councillors’ health spokesperson, local Lib Dem Councillor Tony Dawson said:
“Suspensions to this extent in any part of the NHS are thankfully rare. They normally follow serious allegations which the Trust concerned has to deal with through proper procedures while those involved are kept out of the picture.”
“This has come at a difficult time for the Trust. The Clinical Commissioning Groups locally have just required them to bid to retain the Community Nursing contract and there is a major financial deficit to address.”
“I hope for an early conclusion to this matter for the sake of all concerned. Southport needs to retain good health services available at a local site. That requires a highly-focused team pulling together at all levels in the organisation.”
“The issue of ‘whistleblowing’ has been mentioned by the Trust. As a former NHS whistleblower myself, I recognise the importance of people being able to raise their concerns without improper backlash. Indeed, I referred a whistleblowing message to the hospital managers only last week and received a positive response.”