Hull MP questions whether Princess Alexandra boss is a “fit and proper person”

Politics / Fri 6th Mar 2015 at 11:40am

WHILST everyone in Harlow appears to be absolutely happy with the appointment of the Princess Alexandra chief executive, Phil Morley. Hull MP, Diana Johnson continues to ask the difficult questions.

Mr Morley was chief of the Hull and East Yorkshire NHS Trust, which sits in Ms Johnson’s constituency.

He left in April. Just weeks later, a critical report by KPMG sparked what has become a long running investigation into the running of the Trust under Mr Morley.

There are many articles written by the Hull Daily Mail which delve very deeply into what happened and what is being investigated.

Ms Johnson was in Stanford-le-Hope in Thurrock last week, so a reporter from our sister paper, caught up with Ms Johnson and asked her whether she was continuing to pursue Mr Morley.

Ms Johnson said: “Yes. I have recently had a number of meetings with the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt and one of the areas we were looking at is a fit and proper persons test for hospital chief executives.”

YH: “It appears that everybody in Harlow, seems to be happy with Mr Morley. Is there anything the people of Harlow should be concerned about?”

Ms Johnson said: “I am sure the people who employed Mr Morley are saying they are happy. They would wouldn’t they.

“Whether the taxpayer is happy that a person can leave one highly paid post with a string of questions and walk into another post, more or less straight away.”

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