STRUCTURE: A council leader embroiled in a row with with a clinical commissioning group has called for the resignation of its chair and chief clinical officer, after he was cleared of bullying them.

Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby CCG chair Henry Cronin filed a complaint against Richmondshire District Council leader John Blackie in October.

The complaint, to North Yorkshire County Council, of which Mr Blackie is also a member, followed a heated public debate over plans to downgrade consultant led maternity cover at the Friarage Hospital, run by South Tees Hospitals Foundation Trust, which Mr Blackie opposes.

Mr Cronin claimed Mr Blackie breached the code of conduct for councillors, which says they “must not bully or intimidate any person”.  

A draft report of the investigation, seen by HSJ, found “no breach”, adding statements made by Mr Blackie did “not amount to treating others with disrespect”.   

Mr Blackie has since written to Mr Cronin and the group’s chief clinical officer Vicki Pleydell, urging them to “consider resigning [their] positions on the board”. 

Representives from the CCG’s member practices have voted to prodeed with the plans.

The two officers failed to comment before HSJ went to press.