WORKFORCE: The medical director of Liverpool Women’s Hospital Foundation Trust has stepped down from his post.

Jonathan Herod resigned from the role at the specialist trust earlier this month, amid claims by a former member of staff that they were “bullied and victimised” by Mr Herod for whistleblowing.

However the trust says the resignation was a “personal” decision.

The Liverpool Echo reports that a former trust employee, Mark Tattersall, claims he was “dismissed” by Liverpool Women’s after raising concerns about patient safety.

“I had been bullied and victimised by [Mr Herod] and other senior members of staff at the trust following my raising of concerns regarding patient safety,” Dr Tattersall is quoted as saying.

According to the newspaper Dr Tattersall is seeking reinstatement of his position after his contract was not renewed.

A spokesman for Liverpool Women’s said: “The reasons behind Mr Herod’s decision to resign from the position of medical director are personal and are in no way related to the ending of a fixed term contract of a former employee of the trust.”

Joanne Topping, clinical director of maternity, imaging and pathology, has taken over as interim medical director at the trust until a permanent replacement can be appointed

Mr Herod will continue working at the hospital as a consultant specialising in gynaecological cancer.