The boss of legal services at Stafford Hospital has been sacked after an inquiry into allegations that she allegedly ordered a doctor to rewrite a damming report to avoid negative publicity.
Kate Levy, board secretary for Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, was suspended earlier this year amid claims she urged senior consultant Ivan Phair to amend a report into the treatment of John Moore-Robinson.
The 20-year-old, from Leicestershire, was treated at Stafford Hospital in April 2006 after a mountain biking accident in Cannock Chase. He died after he was discharged with an undiagnosed ruptured spleen.
In a report prepared for the coroner, Mr Phair said the 20-year-old’s treatment would probably be described as “negligent” and described his death as an “avoidable situation”.
Sir Stephen Moss, chairman of Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, said an independent investigation had been ordered by the trust into the way in which Ms Levy handled the case and a disciplinary hearing took place yesterday.
“The decision of the hearing was that Ms Levy should be summarily dismissed. I can confirm she no longer works for the trust,” said Sir Stephen.
“We sincerely regret that the actions of our staff caused additional distress to the family of John Moore-Robinson and we hope that this demonstrates our determination to hold our staff to account for their actions.”