A long serving NHS trust chief executive has lost an appeal against his sacking for “gross misconduct”.

Jonathan Parry was dismissed by Southport and Ormskirk Hospital Trust in October after whistleblowing allegations were made by staff. He became chief executive in 1999.

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Jonathan Parry had been chief executive of the trust since 1999

The trust has never explained the nature of the allegations against him or Sharon Partington, the trust’s former HR director, who left her post before she could be dismissed.

A trust spokesman said today: “The disciplinary appeal hearings in respect of allegations against the former chief executive, Jonathan Parry, and the former director of human resources, Sharon Partington, have now concluded.

“The independent panels that heard the appeals determined the original decisions to dismiss should be upheld.

“The panels’ recommendations were fully accepted by the trust board.”

In an email sent to former colleagues in October, seen by HSJ, Mr Parry suggested he would take his case to an employment tribunal if necessary.

He said of his dismissal in October: “Despite expecting this outcome whatever defence I mounted, it still comes as a sorry and I believe vindictive end to 36 years public service to the NHS.”