SOUTHERN Health’s controversial former chief executive Katrina Percy is set to leave the organisation with immediate effect – but will receive a substantial pay-off.
Ms Percy will be handed a £190,000 pay-off after leaving her latest role. Southern Health confirmed to The News that she is contractually entitled to six month’s salary and an additional six month’s salary.
Ms Percy was in charge of the NHS trust during a time in which Southern was found to have not properly investigated the deaths of hundreds of patients in its care.
Despite criticism, Ms Percy stayed in her post for several months. She then stepped down, but it emerged that she had been given a newly-created job within the organisation advising GPs, for which she was paid the same salary of £240,000. This caused a further controversy.
Originally this was going to be for just a year, and now the trust has revealed that she has resigned - however, she is entitled to a year’s salary under her contract.
A statement released this afternoon said: ‘Following the recent announcement that Katrina Percy will take on a regional strategic advisory role, we have received correspondence from the public, patients and families expressing their concerns. We have listened to all of this feedback and reflected.
‘Both the trust and NHS Improvement believe it is no longer possible for Katrina to continue in her new advisory role.
‘Katrina shares this view and we have worked with NHS Improvement to come to a settlement where she will leave Southern Health with immediate effect, to pursue other opportunities.
‘We thank Katrina for her significant contribution to the NHS and we wish her well for the future.
‘As a board we are now making arrangements to continue the important work that Katrina was due to finish. We hope that the organisation can now continue to focus on our primary objective; delivering the best possible care to all those we look after.’