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Manager who took settlement after being “exhausted” fighting his dismissal describes “bullying” NHS culture

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 20 March 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f1896
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

An NHS manager accepted a £225 000 (€265 000; $340 000) settlement as part of a compromise agreement to leave a hospital trust after prolonged “bullying” from his health authority, MPs have heard.

Gary Walker was sacked in 2010 from his job as chief executive of United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust for gross professional misconduct over alleged swearing at a meeting. However, he claims he was forced to quit for refusing to meet government targets on waiting times and was prevented from speaking out.

MPs on the parliamentary health select committee, as part of their inquiry into the report of the Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust public inquiry,1 quizzed Walker about his experiences of NHS culture.

Walker said that he joined the …

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