Health chiefs who were accused of 'hounding' a GP who eventually hanged himself have set up an award to commemorate his work.

Health chiefs who were accused of 'hounding' a GP who eventually hanged himself have set up an award to commemorate his work.

Dr Stephen Farley, who practised at Ibstock House surgery, Leicestershire, was found hanged in 2004 after coming under pressure from the former Charnwood and North West Leicestershire primary care trust, which said he was referring too many patients to hospital.

An official inquiry found that Dr Farley should not have had to endure the pressure of an investigation. The new Leicestershire and Rutland PCT has now instigated an award 'as a mark of respect'.

A statement issued by the PCT and Dr Farley's widow, Marion, said that 'as a tribute to his work on behalf of Ibstock' the Stephen Farley Award was 'to be given annually in recognition of the outstanding contribution to primary care services in general practice in Leicestershire'.

The statement added that the PCT accepted the conclusions of the review body and had followed its recommendations.