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Southport and Ormskirk hospital chiefs face disciplinary hearings

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Image caption The suspensions followed three whistleblowing complaints

Three senior staff at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust are to face disciplinary hearings after being suspended over whistleblowing claims.

Southport and Ormskirk Hospital chief executive Jonathan Parry and three others were suspended a year ago.

The trust would not confirm which staff would faced the hearings, but said one person had no case to answer and would return to work.

It said an independent probe had looked at "serious conduct issues".

The nature of the allegations has not been revealed, but the trust said no aspect related to patient care or safety.

Chief operating officer Sheilah Finnegan, human resources chief Sharon Partington and deputy director of performance Richard McCarthy were also suspended in August 2015.

Sue Musson, chair of the Southport and Ormskirk NHS Trust, said: "I am pleased that the necessarily lengthy and diligent investigation into the complex matters involved has now concluded."

Iain McInnes has been appointed interim chief executive and will join the hospital on Monday.

Southport MP John Pugh recently asked Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to investigate why the staff were being paid a total of £400,000 while they were suspended.

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