THE boss of Europe’s largest cancer treatment hospital has been suspended over accusations she used NHS money to fund a trip to Ibiza.
Caroline Shaw, chief executive of the Christie Hospital in Manchester, was suspended in November after filing a €3,000 expenses claim for consultancy work carried out by Best Companies, the author of the Sunday Times Top 100 Companies to Work For list.
But bosses at the hospital suspect Shaw used the money to fund a networking trip hosted by the same company on the Balearic party island last September.
Chief executive of Best Companies Jonathan Hamilton Austin stepped into the row insisting the costs of flights and accommodation were picked up by his company, not the NHS.
Shaw, who has held the top position at the hospital since 2005, strongly denies the claims, and said when she found out it was to be held in Ibiza she told the hosts she did not feel comfortable spending NHS cash on the trip.
It was at this point Hamilton Austin and his company agreed to cover her costs.
NHS anti-fraud specialists have been brought in to investigate.