Chief executive of Bury Hospice is dismissed

The move follows an interim report of an ongoing review of governance and management

Bury Hospice
Bury Hospice

The chief executive of Bury Hospice in Lancashire has been dismissed as a result of an ongoing review of the charity's governance and management. 

Jacqui Comber, who has been on sick leave since October, was suspended from her role last month to allow the independent review to take place. 

A statement from Bury Hospice this week said that although the review was continuing, an interim report had been presented to the board.

After consideration of this report by trustees, the board decided to dismiss Comber, the statement said. 

"The employment of Jacqui Comber, chief executive of Bury Hospice, has been terminated," said the statement. "She has been paid only her contractual entitlements, and she will not be returning to work at Bury Hospice."

Stephen Greenhalgh, who has been acting chief executive in Comber's absence and who also runs the St Catherine’s Hospice near Preston, Lancashire, will continue to perform the interim role.

The review, which is being led by an independent management consultant, followed a number of disagreements on the charity’s board about the management of the hospice, which led to three trustees standing down in October and the resignation of the hospice chairman at the end of last year

This led to an interim board being put in place while the review is conducted.

Greenhalgh, who also sits on the board of Hospice UK, said: "Bury Hospice is here to meet the specialist palliative care needs of local people near to the end of life. To be able to do this, we need the confidence, trust and wholehearted support of the people of Bury, local businesses and healthcare organisations.

"Every effort will be made to re-build confidence that has sadly been lost, and colleagues will be doing all that they can to achieve this."

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