A procurement company serving the NHS and owned by an American hospital group has refused to confirm whether its chief executive is leaving.
HSJ understands Jonathan Wedgbury is leaving Healthtrust Europe but the firm has refused to confirm or deny this, saying on 24 April that he was still in post. Asked to clarify whether he was stepping down, a spokesman from PR firm Brands 2 Life said he was “still employed” by the company. Further enquiries went unanswered.
In April, HSJ was told Mr Wedgbury was on leave and a switchboard operator on 10 May said he was not available.
Healthtrust Europe was created in 2012 when an NHS run procurement hub in the West Midlands led by Mr Wedgbury – the West Midlands Strategic Health Authority Collaborative Purchasing Hub – was bought by Hospital Corporation of America.
The hub was itself created from a merger of the Healthcare Purchasing Consortium, West Midlands Procurement Alliance and Lifesource Collaborative Procurement Hub in 2006. Mr Wedgbury was chief executive of the Healthcare Purchasing Consortium and Healthtrust Europe’s website said he saved the NHS £120m while he led it.
Healthtrust Europe’s clients include 30 NHS providers and HCA Healthcare UK.
Companies House documents put the most recent turnover of Healthtrust Europe at £9.1m with administrative expenses of £7.8m.