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Sacked fire chief says he'll sue the service over dismissal

The former head of the Essex Fire and Rescue Service who was sacked after a misconduct investigation says he'll sue the brigade over the way he was treated.

David Johnson was dismissed from his post yesterday with immediate effect. His sacking follows a two year suspension during which he was investigated by the fire authority over allegations of wrongdoing.

The service have now been criticised over their handling of the case which has cost the taxpayer hundreds of thousands of pounds.


Harlow's Princess Alexandra Hospital appoint new CEO

Lance McCarthy will start work in May. Credit: Princess Alexandra Hospital/ITV News Anglia

A new Chief Executive has been appointed to help turn things around at a struggling hospital in Harlow.

The Princess Alexandra was rated as 'inadequate' by the Care Quality Commission last October and placed in special measures.

Lance McCarthy, who takes charge in May, is currently the CEO at Hinchingbrooke Health Care NHS Trust.

He says he's looking forward to taking on a new challenge.

This is the perfect job in so many ways – the chance to be part of the development of a new hospital on a new education and social care campus is exciting.

The chance to shape health and social care across West Essex by developing our Accountable Care Partnership is a challenge I shall relish.

And finally the chance to work with a staff team who are so obviously caring and committed to doing the best for patients will be a pleasure.

– Lance McCarthy
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