New hospital boss resigned from previous job

PUBLISHED: 09:38 12 March 2008 | UPDATED: 22:09 26 October 2009

ANDREW BUTTERS, DIRECTOR OF MENTAL
HEALTH SERVICES, MANCHESTER 
HEALTH AUTHORITY..

ANDREW BUTTERS, DIRECTOR OF MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES, MANCHESTER HEALTH AUTHORITY..

A HOSPITAL boss, who resigned amidst an abuse scandal, will oversee changes at the QE2. Andrew Butters quit his £91,000 job after NHS reports found that mentally-ill and elderly patients had been inhumanly treated at a hospital at which he was in charge.

A HOSPITAL boss, who resigned amidst an abuse scandal, will oversee changes at the QE2.

Andrew Butters quit his £91,000 job after NHS reports found that mentally-ill and elderly patients had been inhumanly treated at a hospital at which he was in charge.

The report stated that vulnerable patients had been slapped, hit, starved, kicked and taunted, on a ward at a Manchester hospital when he was the head of the NHS trust in 2003.

Mr Butters has now been appointed temporarily by Hertfordshire Primary Care Trusts - which oversees healthcare in the borough - to ensure the transfer of acute services from the QE2 to Lister goes ahead smoothly and on budget.

A PCT spokeswoman said: "We're aware that Mr Butters worked for the Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust and held other NHS posts in the North West.

"More recently, on a consultant basis, he successfully managed a project in north Wales - similar to the one in Hertfordshire."

MP Grant Shapps, chairman of the Hospital SOS Taskforce, said: "I was concerned to hear what the WHT's investigation has uncovered as it obviously raises serious questions about why the PCT would have employed this individual.

"It's my intention to write to the PCT in order to express concern and seek reassurances.

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