WORKFORCE: The finance director of Colchester Hospital University Trust has resigned over a “flawed” inquiry he carried out last year into allegations staff felt pressured into manipulating data over cancer waiting times.

Mike Baker told the BBC he had been planning to retire but “decided to bring it forward and resign” when he read a report by the Care Quality Commission, which found that the records of cancer patients had been changed to fit with waiting time targets.

It is now subject to both an independent investigation commissioned by the trust and a formal police investigation.

Mr Baker said in hindsight he “was the wrong person to do the review” and “didn’t do a very good job in reviewing the whole case”.

He added: “I feel I let my people down.”

A spokesperson for the trust said it did not comment on individual employees past or present.