Ambulance boss took NHS vehicle on French booze cruise

Ambulance boss took NHS vehicle on French booze cruise

Ambulance boss took NHS vehicle on French booze cruise

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Watford Observer: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Reporter

A French booze cruise in an ambulance vehicle, collusion to award friends professional contracts, wasting public money, using formal disciplinary meetings to win a personal grudge match - and now this man is assistant chief executive of our ambulance trust.

It has emerged East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) second in command, Paul Leaman, was guilty of a catalogue of misconduct while working as director of operations at Essex Ambulance Service.

Mr Leaman came to EEAST and took the senior role under interim chief executive Anthony Marsh who spoke on behalf of Mr Leaman at his disciplinary hearing in 2009.

Mr Leaman and others were involved in stripping an NHS people carrier of its branding, removing the seats and taking it to France on a two-day booze cruise to purchase alcohol.

In addition, Mr Leaman was found to have pressured junior staff into placing orders with a firm called Alliance Trading, the owner of which, it transpired, was a friend of his.

In one instance Mr Leaman distorted the tender process with the supply of patient report forms.

Alliance Trading was one of four companies invited to tender, and originally bid £14,280.

When the tenders were in, Mr Leaman sent his assistant to the supplies officer to collect the documentation and a short while later, Alliance Trading revised its previous quote to slightly below £10,180 - the lowest tender.

Mr Leaman was also found to have inappropriately sanctioned a full formal disciplinary meeting for a colleague who had previously made complaints about his conduct.

At the subsequent employment tribunal, Mr Leaman was found not to have carried out a proper investigation and the punishment was disproportionate to the misconduct. 

Mr Leaman was suspended by the HCPC for 12 months in 2009.

Joy Hale, ambulance trust spokesman, said the role he is in is a temporary one only and as such did not require a recruitment process to be followed.

She said: "This is a matter that dates back 13 years and was dealt with at the time using the trust’s disciplinary process as would be the case for any member of staff.

"Mr Leaman has worked at a senior level for many years and, with his extensive experience, is well placed to lead on this piece of work - helping to save £10 million from back office and management functions.

"The cost savings are already being invested in frontline services such as the 400 new staff and a new fleet of ambulances - investments that are actively helping to save lives and improve the service provided to patients across the region."
               

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1:49pm Fri 8 Aug 14

garston tony says...

I can think of one immediate cost cutting measure, get rid of this clown and you can save on what are no doubt his quite considerable wages
I can think of one immediate cost cutting measure, get rid of this clown and you can save on what are no doubt his quite considerable wages garston tony
  • Score: 9

2:10pm Fri 8 Aug 14

volvov50 says...

Just goes to show its not what you know but who you know. As i said before Dr Marsh is running two Ambulance Trusts ! why? no other Ambulance trust is. It is hard enough to get it right for one having been fined £3millon in West Midlands it looks likley he will not it right for East Of Engalnd either
volvo50
Just goes to show its not what you know but who you know. As i said before Dr Marsh is running two Ambulance Trusts ! why? no other Ambulance trust is. It is hard enough to get it right for one having been fined £3millon in West Midlands it looks likley he will not it right for East Of Engalnd either volvo50 volvov50
  • Score: 11

3:02pm Fri 8 Aug 14

fight rates says...

A corrupt official who has been suspended for 12 months & found guilty of various offenses is now second in charge. What could possibly go wrong?
A corrupt official who has been suspended for 12 months & found guilty of various offenses is now second in charge. What could possibly go wrong? fight rates
  • Score: 9

5:30pm Fri 8 Aug 14

volvov50 says...

And he was struck off as a Paramedic for this offence Ah well!
And he was struck off as a Paramedic for this offence Ah well! volvov50
  • Score: 5

1:01pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Reader (R) says...

"Joy Hale, ambulance trust spokesman, said the role he is in is a temporary one only and as such did not require a recruitment process to be followed".

"Temporary" can cover an unspecified period of time! What is being said in the sentence above is: That if we had advertised the post Mr Leaman would not have been recruited due to his past track record.

A leopard never changes it's spots and Mr Leaman you are a leopard! The actions of Dr Marsh in bring Leaman in by the back door also brings his integrity into doubt. Best solution is to sack the pair of them!
"Joy Hale, ambulance trust spokesman, said the role he is in is a temporary one only and as such did not require a recruitment process to be followed". "Temporary" can cover an unspecified period of time! What is being said in the sentence above is: That if we had advertised the post Mr Leaman would not have been recruited due to his past track record. A leopard never changes it's spots and Mr Leaman you are a leopard! The actions of Dr Marsh in bring Leaman in by the back door also brings his integrity into doubt. Best solution is to sack the pair of them! Reader (R)
  • Score: 3

1:44pm Sat 9 Aug 14

oldgold says...

Shall I send information about this disgraceful 'carve-up' to the 'Medicine Balls' column? Or will you?
Shall I send information about this disgraceful 'carve-up' to the 'Medicine Balls' column? Or will you? oldgold
  • Score: 3

12:21am Thu 14 Aug 14

Yellow Peril's Peril says...

Really great reporting from Beth, there. And only four years after the story first came out!

Great job.
Really great reporting from Beth, there. And only four years after the story first came out! Great job. Yellow Peril's Peril
  • Score: 1

12:22am Thu 14 Aug 14

Yellow Peril's Peril says...

Sorry, made a mistake - FIVE years!
Sorry, made a mistake - FIVE years! Yellow Peril's Peril
  • Score: 1

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