Fired Hospice Boss Sues Charity for Up to Pounds 75k

By Keeling, Neal | Manchester Evening News, July 19, 2016 | Go to article overview

Fired Hospice Boss Sues Charity for Up to Pounds 75k


Keeling, Neal, Manchester Evening News


A SACKED hospice boss is suing the charity despite a damning report about her time in charge.

Jacqui Comber lost her job as chief executive of Bury Hospice in March and an independent review published today finds 'significant failures' in leadership while she was in post.

But she has started legal action to claim up to Pounds 75,000 compensation for unfair dismissal, with a hearing listed for November.

The new board of the charity is expected to robustly defend any action.

The review into the hospice's management and decision making over the last two years was started in February. Its initial findings were so serious Mrs Comber was dismissed on March 16.

Now complete, it has concluded: "There had been significant failures in leadership, governance and management that included poor medium and long-term planning; inadequate performance and risk management. "This left fundamental weaknesses resulting in, for example, the development of capital projects with insufficient resources to bring them into sustainable operation."

In its first year of operation, 2013-14, the hospice, built at a cost of Pounds 5m, had a deficit of Pounds 600,000. That improved to a tiny profit of Pounds 7,000 last year.

The review adds: "Staff and volunteers worked in an environment that lacked transparency and consistency The workforce was affected by poor morale and, in some cases felt dismayed at what was going on. …

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