The chief officer and finance director have resigned from their roles at Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group, which has been under fire over governance and pay.
The government ordered a review by NHS England of the CCG in March, after Rosie Cooper, the MP for west Lancashire, raised concerns about pay increases between 2013-14 and 2014-15.
In June, it reported some weaknesses in governance and management of conflicts of interest. The CCG’s lay vice chair, Maureen Williams, resigned at that point. The chair, Nadim Fazlani, stepped down last month.
NHS England said last month it was updating its guidance on pay for CCGs after its review found “significantly higher” remuneration levels for some at Liverpool CCG.
Chief officer Katherine Sheerin and Tom Jackson, chief finance officer, said today they were stepping down.
Ms Sheerin said: “I have had five wonderful years at the CCG, working with colleagues who are totally committed to improve the health and care of the people of Liverpool. After 25 years in the city, I have decided it is the right time to move on. I am sure the CCG will continue to deliver great things under the leadership of its new chair.”
Mr Jackson, who is also the lead director for the Healthy Liverpool service transformation programme, said: “Following Katherine Sheerin’s decision to resign as chief officer of the CCG, I too have decided to stand down.
“This is not a decision I have taken lightly; however, after five great years in Liverpool I feel it is the right time to move on. I am tremendously proud of the work of the CCG in achieving an unprecedented degree of collaboration in the local health system to deliver improved services and the success of the Healthy Liverpool programme in improving health outcomes for the people of Liverpool.”
A CCG statement said it was working with NHS England on interim arrangements for a new accountable officer.
On his resignation last month, Dr Fazlani said: “I have been asked this question a number of times in last few weeks, if I have felt stressed. I have not felt stressed, but felt battered and bruised like every member of the governing body.”
The CCG has been developing services in the city as part of Healthy Liverpool for several years. Earlier this year, it agreed upon block contracts with six NHS trusts over two financial years, worth a total of £1.5bn.
The CCG was rated good by NHS England in 2015-16 and requires improvement for 2016-17.
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11 August 2017