Sackings after management failures led to abuse of elderly

The personnel director of North Lakeland Healthcare NHS Trust has been sacked along with other senior staff for management failures which led to appalling abuse of elderly patients at a former hospital in Carlisle.

Catherine McCreadie, the personnel director, along with trust chairwoman Mary Styth and chief executive Alan Place lost their jobs after an eight-month investigation into the trust.

A report from the Commission for Health Improvement published last week criticised managers for “an absence of effective and corporate management and clinical governance, a whole system failure.”

Staff said McCreadie “was able to dictate staffing levels and the skills mix of staff without reference to clinical advice” and there was “no adequate system for identifying and prioritising clinical staff training and education needs.” Both McCreadie and Place can appeal against their dismissal.

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