Waveney Labour and the Campaign to Save Mental Health Services in Norfolk and Suffolk have condemned a 'disastrous' decision to appoint the outgoing head of the Norfolk and Waveney Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) as the new boss of the Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust (NSFT), which is struggling with an ongoing funding crisis.
Labour's Cllr Jane Murray, Waveney District Council Shadow spokesperson for Community, Health and Safety, said: 'Mr Lejk spoke at the Beccles Health meeting on Wednesday 7 March. Several Waveney District councillors and members of the Waveney Labour Party attended. He spoke as Executive Lead of the Norfolk and Waveney STP and informed us about the future plans of the NHS within Norfolk and Waveney. The next day Mr Lejk resigned from this role to take up a highly paid post as CEO of the NSFT! Can we say our health services are in safe hands?'
A spokesperson for the Campaign told the Eastern Daily Press (EDP): 'This is a disastrous appointment for service users and carers, the head of the commissioners who have starved NSFT of funding has now taken over the organisation. It’s a travesty and the council of governors whose job it is to represent service users, carers, staff, and the public ignored the views of the appointment panels and approved this appointment instead of listening to feedback.'