WORKFORCE: Hillingdon Hospitals Foundation Trust saw social workers withdrawn from its main hospital site by the local authority, minutes of the January board meeting revealed.

The report did not say why and the minutes said one non-executive director asked chief executive David McVittie who “stated that similar decisions have been taken and reversed in the past”.

It added: “[Deputy chief executive Shane Degaris stated that the trust is seeking to resolve this at a senior level with the council.”