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Mental health boss is suspended

The chairman of the trust responsible for providing mental health services in Lincolnshire has been suspended.

The move follows an independent investigation by the Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

The trust has confirmed the chairman, Alison Healey, has been suspended for a month, without pay, as a result of a complaint about an offensive remark.

Mrs Healey's term of office - which was due to expire at the end of January - will also not now be renewed.

'Ethical standards'

The complaint related to Mrs Healey making an offensive remark in the presence of a member of trust staff for which she immediately apologised, the trust said.

Jonathan Cope, lead governor, said: "The trust manages its business with integrity by upholding the highest professional, ethical and governance standards.

"The board of governors would also want to reassure the members of the trust and the public that arrangements have been put in place to ensure that services will continue as normal as the trust focuses on its mission to provide high quality, cost effective, locally integrated mental health and community services".

Mrs Healey had been in the post as chairman since 2001, a trust spokesman said.

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