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Monday, October 15, 2007

Superbug hospital chairman, James Lee, has resigned.

Superbug hospital chairman steps down - Telegraph


"The chairman of the NHS trust at the centre of Britain's biggest superbug outbreak has resigned following pressure over the decision to award the trust's chief executive a £250,000 pay-off.

James Lee resigned from the board of the Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells Hospitals NHS Trust in Kent following an outbreak of Clostridium difficile which claimed up to 90 lives.

Alan Johnson, the Health Secretary, announced the resignation to the House of Commons, apologising for the "truly scandalous" outbreak.

Mr Lee was last week ordered to attend a meeting with local MPs to explain why Rose Gibb was given the severance deal just days before the extent of the trust's failures to prevent the spread of clostridium difficile was revealed in a damning report.

Mr Johnson stepped in to block the payment to Miss Gibb, who left her post as head of Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust by "mutual agreement" at the end of last week.

It unclear whether Mr Johnson has the legal power to prevent Miss Gibb being paid the money, and the matter now seems likely to end up in court.

MPs and health campaigners have expressed their disgust over the trust board's decision to award Miss Gibb the money in the first place."