Hartlepool and North Tees hospital chiefs deny ‘golden handshake’ for director

The University Hospital of Hartlepool

The University Hospital of Hartlepool

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A HOSPITAL chief has moved to quash rumours of a six-figure “golden handshake” for a director who recently resigned form his post after a period of ill-health.

Rumours had been circulating that former North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust commercial director Kevin Oxley, who was at the centre of the project to build a new £300m hospital at Wynyard, left his post with a golden goodbye.

But Paul Garvin, chairman of the trust, moved to scotch rumours at a recent board meeting and confirmed he resigned on July 1.

Mr Garvin said: “I would like to record formally that Kevin Oxley, the commercial director, resigned from the trust on July 1 following a period of sickness. Contrary to some of the rubbish published in some places, Kevin Oxley left with pay in lieu of notice and no golden handshakes and no bungs.”

The meeting was held at the University Hospital of Hartlepool, in Holdforth Road. It was also confirmed his responsibilities would be shared out among the other directors in the interim period while work to replace him is carried out.

Speaking earlier this month, the trust’s chief executive, Alan Foster, thanked Mr Oxley for his “hard work and dedication”.

Mr Oxley had held a role as a board level director within the trust for six years.

He played a key role in the project to build the new state-of-the-art hospital in Wynyard, which is now set to open to patients in 2017, two years later than planned after public funding for the scheme was suddenly withdrawn when the Coalition Government came into power.

Hospital bosses are now hoping to secure £100m from the Government to help finance the cost of the new hospital and have held meetings with representatives from the Department of Health and the Treasury.