We understand that a certain Sue Green, head of HR has recently left the employment of Wirral’s other most prominent employer after Wirral Council – Wirral University Teaching Hospital (WUTH) as it now fancifully likes to call itself. On the Wirral rather like North Korea (which apparently has a better life expectancy than certain parts of the Wirral ) people seem to disappear overnight! Not only is no explanation given, it is frowned upon when people ask perfectly reasonable questions. Those who do dare raise issues meet a wall of silence or glib corporate fudges about ‘confidentiality.’
This of course completes a notable family double after the departure of Mrs Green’s universally loved and much admired other half – Dave ‘Del Boy’ Green from Wirral Council. It is also somewhat serendipitous given the fact that DG is rumoured to have found ‘gainful’ employment again, beyond the confines of the insular Peninsula. Let’s hope there’s a nice local golf club at hand.
Now we don’t know the full circumstances of really happened, or whether this was about the appalling lack of staffing in the hospital because APH’s Department of spin is essentially as communicative as a brickwall, but without the warmth. However, we are always suspicious when the Chief Executive of WUTH (David Allison) circulates the following type of message to APH’s inmates on the ocassion Sue Green was first absent from work .
Here are some highlights, which rather than enlighten, one feels would baffle employees at the hospital.
“I am writing to advise you of a situation that is likely to appear in the media in respect of this Trust’s Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development
As with any employee of our Trust, we would not comment on circumstances related to their employment. We therefore intend to issue a response to this effect.
My purpose of advising you of this situation is that I felt it would be inappropriate for you to learn about it in the first instance via the media.”
Clear? Well actually no !
What is particularly curious is that no such story ever appeared or was followed up , no doubt due to some spectacular stonewalling, and Mrs.Green was eventually allowed to quietly disappear from public view and quite possibly as seems to be the trend in that particular household, clutching a big fat wad of public money ( one for devoted Freedom of Information fans to follow up).
From leaks that have been received about this case we at Leaky Towers can only hope that :
a) The media wasn’t being used in this sorry saga as a bargaining tool rather than serving the public interest.
b) That Mr.Allison is aware that only last week a group of MPs hit out at “outrageous” examples of public bodies apparently paying employees to keep quiet about problems.The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) highlighted that so called “gagging clauses” have been used to cover up serious failures in organisations such as the NHS….and indeed we understand that some of the recommendations were based on a number of cases in the public sector and a particular case involving Wirral Council!