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Pay-off for bug trust chief

25th January 2008

The NHS chief at the centre of a superbug outbreak in which 90 patients died has been given a major pay-off, despite health secretary Alan Johnson ordering the trust to withhold it.


Rose Gibb, who resigned days before Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust was criticised in a report on the outbreak of Clostridium difficile, is set to receive half her £150,000 salary as a pay-off.

The trust said it took legal advice before deciding on paying the severance deal but stressed Ms Gibb would only be given her legal entitlement of six months salary.

In ordering the trust to withhold the payment last year, Mr Johnson warned the trust that it could be acting unlawfully in agreeing a cash package for Ms Gibb.

The trust decision to pay Ms Gibb £75,000 has the support of the Department of Health and the strategic health authority.

But shadow health secretary Andrew Lansley said: “All Alan Johnson’s posturing about pay-off arrangements will offer no comfort to the patients and the families affected.?

The Healthcare Commission report into the outbreak concluded that C diff was definitely or probably the main cause of death for 90 patients after finding washing facilities were filthy and a shortage of nurses.

Campaign group Health Emergency described the payment as “a kick in the teeth for the friends and relatives of those who died.?

The Health and Safety executive and Kent Police and the Health are still reviewing whether there will be any prosecutions as a result of the C.diff outbreak.


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