25 June 2010 #Employment
Rose Gibb, the former Chief Executive of Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust has succeeded with her breach of contract claim against the Trust recovering more than £190,000 in damages.
The Court of Appeal`s judgment included scathing criticisms of the Trust`s approach and the involvement of the former Government in relation to the hospital bug crisis which led to the deaths of 90 patients (including the mother in law of former Bucks Fizz singer, Cheryl Baker).
The Court found that Ms Gibb was essentially made the scapegoat in a PR spin which went drastically wrong.
Whilst Ms Gibb has attracted the sympathy of the Court of Appeal it seems the same sympathy is not forthcoming from the relatives of those who lost their lives at the hands of the clostridium difficile (C. diff) outbreak. Ms Gibbs` damages award has dwarfed the compensation payments received by the families of the victims of the hospital bug and some relatives have called upon Ms Gibb to donate her damages to the families who had lost their loved ones.
A sorry situation for all concerned, including all users of the NHS as Lord Sedley noted in his judgment: "All this money, both compensation and costs, could have been spent on improving hygiene and patient care in the trust`s hospitals."