KGH pays out thousands of pounds

Kettering General Hospital has revealed it had to pay out hundreds of thousands of pounds in one-off 'unexpected' payments last year
Kettering General Hospital has revealed it had to pay out hundreds of thousands of pounds in one-off 'unexpected' payments last year

Kettering General Hospital has revealed it had to pay out hundreds of thousands of pounds in one-off ‘unexpected’ payments last year.

Responding to a freedom of information request, the hospital trust said losses over the course of the year amounted to £375,466.

The top three payments it was forced to make amounted to more than 60 per cent of the total.

It paid £99,716 as a result of a legal claim for constructive dismissal and a further £89,489 in a separate unfair dismissal claim. Both totals include the trust’s own legal fees.

The trust also suffered a loss of £41,141 following the termination of a contract.

In a statement, Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust said: “Losses and special payments are those payments made by a public sector organisation that are outside of what it would normally have expected to pay and – in accordance with HM Treasury guidance for such matters – these are accounted for separately within the organisation’s accounts.

“The trust has in place a number of policies and procedures which are intended to assist managers, supervisors and staff in their respective roles and to mitigate the potential for claims to be made against the trust.”

The figures released following the freedom of information request relate to all payments made in 2013, but may include settlements of cases from previous years.

A year of upheaval at Kettering General Hospital last year included the resignation in August of Lorene Read, its chief executive.

She stepped down after accepting responsibility for the hospital continually missing accident and emergency waiting time targets.

David Sissling, who is currently in charge of NHS Wales, was announced as her replacement at the beginning of 2014. He is due to take over in Kettering in April.

The Telegraph also revealed the story of a nurse of 46 years’ experience who last summer had a claim for constructive dismissal upheld by an employment tribunal.

The nurse, who was bullied, was awarded the statutory maximum in compensation and lost wages.

However, it is unclear as to whether either of those cases were the subjects of any of the payments recorded for 2013.

The hospital has said it is not able to release any personal identifiable details about the recipients of the special payments.