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Superbug scandal NHS boss to sue

8 April, 2008  

A former NHS trust chief executive at the centre of a Clostridium difficile (C difficile) scandal is to sue her former employer.

Rose Gibb left Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust by mutual agreement after a report by the Healthcare Commission revealed appalling hygiene standards directly contributed to the deaths of 90 people.

It also said that the superbug had contributed to a total of 345 deaths and more than 1,100 infections over a two-year period.

The body’s chief executive Anna Walker said the trust was so focused on meeting Government targets and dealing with high levels of debt that it failed to deal properly with the superbug.

The move to sue comes after Ms Gibb’s union, Managers in Partnership, said in February that she would reject a pay-off of up to £75,000 and fight for more money after leaving the trust.

The trust confirmed at the time that she would receive half her annual salary as a pay-off, which it said had been between £145,000 and £150,000.

Now she has admitted that papers have been lodged at the High Court as part of legal action to recover money said to have been agreed in a “compromise agreement” signed by her and the trust.

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