WORKFORCE: A senior manager at the Royal Surrey County Hospital Foundation Trust has resigned following the sacking of her husband who was a director at the trust.

Peter Lewis was dismissed from his post as the trust’s informatics director in December for gross misconduct, following an internal investigation into irregular financial transactions. A police investigation was subsequently launched.

The trust announced today that his wife Sue Lewis had resigned from her post as chief operating officer and deputy chief executive. 

In a statement, Royal Surrey’s chair Peter Dunt said: “During the investigation which led to the disciplinary of Peter Lewis, evidence of irregular financial transactions emerged which the trust felt obliged to forward to the police.  The police are now conducting their own investigation. 

“These findings, and Peter Lewis’ dismissal from the trust in December, have been very difficult for the trust and undoubtedly had an impact on Sue Lewis as both his wife and our chief operating officer and deputy chief executive.

“As a result, she has been evaluating her position at the trust and has decided that the right course of action is to offer her resignation, which the board fully understands and has accepted.

“Sue has worked at the Royal Surrey for more than 17 years and has been a board member since 2003. She has made a significant contribution during those many years of service and supported the trust through periods of great trial and success.”

In the short term, the day to day operations of the trust will be overseen by Nick Moberly, with support from the associate directors and clinical directors, while a replacement is recruited.

The Royal Surrey County Hospital is based in Guildford and has an annual income of £222m. It employs around 3,000 people.