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Sir Len Fenwick sacked as NHS Chief Executive over 'gross misconduct'

Sir Len Fenwick Photo: Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Sir Len Fenwick has been sacked from his role as Chief Executive of The Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on the grounds of 'gross misconduct'.

He had appealed against allegations of misconduct, after he was placed on a period of extended leave in January 2017.

But Sir Len told has ITV News that he's the victim of a witch hunt:

The disciplinary panel found that allegations relating to 'inappropriate behaviour, use of resources and a range of governance issues' were proven. As a result the panel dismissed Sir Leonard from his role as Chief Executive on the grounds of gross misconduct.

Due to the 'serious nature of the issues' the Trust was required to report a number of concerns to NHS Counter Fraud and Security Management Services, known as NHS Protect. The Trust says it is, therefore, 'inappropriate to comment further'.