Public health director blows whistle on trust in letter to Lansley

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 18 July 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e4890
  1. Matthew Limb
  1. 1London

A leading public health doctor has sent a “whistleblowing letter” to the health secretary for England, Andrew Lansley, to condemn failures of financial management and corporate governance at an NHS trust that had racked up a £23m (€30m; $36m) deficit.

In his letter Peter Brambleby branded the response from the strategic health authority NHS London to an independent inquiry into accounting irregularities at NHS Croydon Primary Care Trust a “whitewash” and explained why he had quit his post and why he believed that more problems would surface.

Brambleby claimed that millions of pounds of public money remained “unaccounted for” and warned that underlying problems at the trust had not been fully acknowledged.

In the letter he said, “Not a single individual has accepted personal responsibility or shown they have learned.”

Brambleby said that he intends to take the “unprecedented” step of retracting certain chapters of two annual reports relating to programme budgets, saying …

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