NHS staff in Hull hospital quizzed over financial matters during reign of Princess Alexandra boss

News / Wed 29th Jul 2015 at 04:42pm

NHS staff have been questioned as part of an inquiry into financial matters while Phil Morley was chief executive of East Yorkshire’s two main hospitals reports the Hull Daily Mail.

The team from NHS Protect visited Hull last week after receiving a copy of an auditors’ report highlighting “significant failings in governance” while Mr Morley was at Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust.

The KPMG report also raised concerns over “a conflict of interest” between Mr Morley and former chief operating officer Amanda Pye.

Current and former members of staff who worked at the trust between 2010 and last year were questioned last week.

One source, who asked not to be named, said: “They are going pretty far back and they’re looking at everything. By the looks of things, they are taking this seriously.”

Ray Gray, of health union Unison, said every employee had to be treated the same by NHS Protect, regardless of the position they held.

“If they have done nothing wrong, they have nothing to worry about,” he said. “But if they have, they need to answer to NHS Protect.”

NHS Protect has been given information about tenders while Mr Morley was chief executive until his departure in April last year.

The Mail understands information has been passed on to NHS Protect regarding management training events at Rudstone Walk near South Cave.

The KPMG report, leaked to the Mail in January, stated Mr Morley rented a property and was given £1,300 to pay the deposit. However, the letting agency returned the deposit directly to Mr Morley and it was only later repaid to the trust.

The report states Mr Morley and Ms Pye failed to declare their “financial connection” over the rental of a property. The Mail later discovered Mr Morley and Ms Pye shared a five-bedroom luxury home in Brough and were both listed on the electoral roll as living at the address in 2012, although Ms Pye was registered under her previous married name of Green.

KPMG also questioned an £8,000 payment in “relocation expenses” given to Jayne Adamson when she took up her post as director of workforce and organisational development in Hull, even though she never moved home. She has since agreed to pay back the money.

Mr Morley quit the trust after KPMG launched its investigation, weeks before the Care Quality Commission exposed a “culture of bullying” at the hospital trust. He is now chief executive of the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow.

Ms Pye quit the trust following his departure to become interim director of nursing at Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust. Ms Adamson has been made redundant.

The hospital trust declined to comment and referred the Mail to NHS Protect. However, an NHS Protect spokesman was unable to confirm or deny an investigation was under way.

We approached Mr Morley through the trust in Harlow but were told he was unavailable for comment.

In an earlier statement in relation to the KPMG report, Mr Morley said: “No evidence has been found to support any claim of wrongdoing or fraudulent activity on my part and I strongly refute any such allegation.”

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