NHS chief executive Sir David Nicholson admits giving false evidence after former ULHT boss Gary Walker appears at Health Select Committee
The evidence given to the Health Select Committee by former United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust boss Gary Walker has forced NHS chief executive Sir David Nicholson to admit he gave false information to MPs.
Mr Nicholson had claimed that Mr Walker had not identified himself as a whistleblower in a letter sent in 2009.
He also said that Mr Walker had not identified patient safety concerns at the trust.
But during his appearance at the hearing yesterday, Mr Walker, who was sacked from the trust in 2010 for allegedly swearing in meetings, produced a copy of the letter which proved Mr Nicholson's claims to be untrue.
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He then claimed the most powerful man in the NHS had failed to protect him against a culture of bullying, harassment and intimidation from regional managers.
Mr Walker has always maintained the real reason for his dismissal was his refusal to bend to pressure from East Midlands Strategic Health Authority to prioritise hitting waiting list targets.
Mr Walker argued this would have endangered the safety of emergency patients.
He eventually received a £325,000 pay-off from the trust, on the condition he never talked about the dispute.
Mr Nicholson has written to the committee admitting his error.