Ex-hospital boss guilty of sexist jibes

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A hospital director who said he only employed women with ‘big breasts’ faces being struck off.

Adrian Needham made a string of sexually inappropriate comments in his dual role as director and manager of The Hamptons and Brookhaven, Bamber Bridge.

He also told his female colleagues wanted to see them pole-dancing.

Mr Needham, who claimed he was the victim of a ‘witch hunt’ was found guilty of a string of allegations at a Nursing and Midwifery Council tribunal (NMC) this week.

Panel chairman Najrul Khasru said: ‘Mr Needham did not attend the hearing to give evidence.The panel considered the points raised by Mr Needham in his email.

“However the panel found that there was no evidence before it to substantiate his claims that there was a witch hunt or conspiracy against him which led to these allegations.

“The panel found that Mr Needham failed to treat his colleague with dignity and respect and had treated her in a manner that amounted to bullying in that it caused her to feel threatened and distressed.”’

Henry Vallance, for the NMC, described Mr Needham’s behaviour at the hospital towards members of staff as ‘bullying, intimidating and inappropriate.’

A probe was launched into Mr Needham’s conduct after a colleague sent a letter of complaint. The letter was subsequently withdrawn, but an external investigation commenced and Needham suspended in March 2013.

Mr Needham then resigned and took up a new post, but failed to inform his new employers that he had been referred to the NMC.

He resigned from this role in August 2014.

Mr Needham was found guilty of 10 allegations relating to inappropriate, sexually inappropriate, and racist behaviour and of failing to inform his employer at Atos Healthcare about his referral to the NMC.

He said in an email to the tribunal: “I refute all the charges against me and believe that this has been a witch hunt against me, yet I would say that if at any point during my career I have upset someone inadvertently I am truly sorry for this as all I have tried to do is my job to the best of my ability.”

If his fitness to practise is found to be impaired he could be struck off.