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Former NHS chief denies £20k fraud

Paula Vasco-Knight has denied three counts of fraud Credit: Twitter: @SDHCCEO

The former chief executive of South Devon NHS Trust has denied defrauding it by siphoning off more than £20,000 to a company run by her husband.

Paula Vasco-Knight is alleged to have carried out the frauds in 2012 and 2013 while she was in charge of the Trust, which runs Torbay Hospital.

Her husband Stephen has also denied receiving money fraudulently and businessman Habib Naqvi has denied facilitating the offence. The three counts of fraud include payments made to a company run by Mr Vasco-Knight, alleged details of rival bids for contracts being sent to him, and an unauthorised payment of £11,072 for work that was not done.

All three denied the allegations when they appeared at Exeter Crown Court and have now been released on bail before a two week trial in January.

Dying businessman gives £3 million for cancer unit

Robert White donated £3 million to the Dorset County Hospital before he died Credit: Family

A businessman who died from cancer has left millions of pounds to pay for a new treatment centre.

The money Robert White donated will fund a new radiotherapy unit at Dorset County Hospital in Dorchester. The new centre will cut journey times for patients who currently travel from far afield.

Over a period of six months as we went through the treatment of his illness, we'd been talking about the opportunities of providing funds to the NHS. After some thought and showing him the things we could potentially do, he came to my clinic and handed me an envelope with a NatWest cheque written out for £3 million - which was quite a day.

– Mike Bayne, Consultant

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Senior children's doctor sacked after charges of indecent images of children

A senior children's doctor has been sacked from a hospital after being charged with offences relating to indecent images of children.

Jonathan Walsh, 46, was a consultant paediatrician in the children's and adolescent services department of the Northern Devon Healthcare Trust.

He was suspended from his role in July, but has now been permanently fired after he was charged with seven counts of making and distributing indecent images of children.

He is due to appear at Barnstaple Magistrates Court on July 15.

At the launch of the police investigation in September 2015 we took immediate action to exclude Dr Walsh from working at the Trust and informed the General Medical Council. It is our understanding that none of these charges relate to contact offences and none of these images relate to patients at NDDH.

As of 15th June 2016 we dismissed Dr Walsh from our employment with immediate effect.

This news has deeply shaken our whole team at NDDH and we know it will also shock the community.

– George Thomson, Medical Director for Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust

A specialist phone line has now been set up to deal with any concerns.

The number is 0300 123 1744 and is open from 9-7pm weekdays - with a recorded message at weekends.

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