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Mason Fitzgerald said he had a Master of Laws (LLM) from the University of Georgia in the United States in annual reports submitted to parliament.
But the university has since claimed that Fitzgerald never graduated.
The Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT), which is currently in special measures, revealed that he has begun a review and Fitzgerald told the BBC that he could not comment while the investigation was ongoing.
Mr. Fitzgerald, currently the NSFT Deputy Executive Director, said: “There is an ongoing review and therefore it is not appropriate for me to make a public statement.”
Three annual reports submitted by NSFT, a mental health trust and the East London Foundation Trust, where Fitzgerald previously served as director of corporate affairs and director of planning and performance, included the grade rating.
Fitzgerald (pictured) is currently the Deputy Executive Director of NSFT +4
Fitzgerald (pictured) is currently the Deputy Executive Director of NSFT
And Roy Lilley, a former chairman of the NHS trust, described the situation as “very embarrassing”, adding that the audit trail must be followed to find out what went wrong. “The assumption is that someone has not verified,” he added.
Meanwhile, the family of Doreen Livermore, who died after being attacked in a nursing home at age 89, said it was “a scandal” that the incoming CEO title was being questioned.
After Ms. Livermore’s death, the culture of trust was called into question when a public relations manager bragged about having “gotten away with it” with minimal media coverage.
Her son Roy Livermore, of Snettisham in Norfolk, said: “In a situation like this, where the [CEO] is going to be responsible for a lot of people in Norfolk, it’s a real scandal.”
Mr Fitzgerald is due to take up the leadership role in April
Fitzgerald will take over the leadership role in April, when he will oversee a budget of around £ 260 million.
In a joint statement, the Norfolk and Suffolk and East London NHS Foundation Trusts said: “An independent review of the concerns raised is underway and it would be inappropriate to comment further until it is concluded.”
A reference to a degree at the University of Georgia was included on Fitzgerald’s LinkedIn profile, as well as an article submitted to a health journal by the East London Foundation Trust, where she worked before joining NSFT in 2019.
family of Doreen Livermore (pictured), who died after she was attacked at a care home aged 89, said it was ‘a scandal’ the incoming chief executive’s degree was under question
The university revealed that Fitzgerald attended from 1999 through the spring of 2000, but did not graduate. She said that she was in the graduate program of law school for two semesters.
Mr. Fitzgerald’s LLB degree was confirmed by the University of Canterbury in New Zealand.
And a filing at the New York Office of Court Administration confirmed that he registered as an attorney there in 2001. The University of Georgia was then listed as his law school.
The NSFT is classified as “requires improvement” by the Commission for Quality of Care (CQC).
In January, the watchdog said the trust’s failure to manage risks caused patients to self-harm and wait too long for evaluation.
It was the first mental health trust to be placed in special measures in 2015.
After Mrs Livermore’s (pictured with her great-grandson Michael) death the trust’s culture was questioned when a PR manager boasted of having ‘got away with’ minimal
The NSFT, considered the worst performing NHS trust in the country, has been embroiled in controversy recently.
In September, the NSFT revealed that a letter discharging 300 young people from its waiting list at the start of the pandemic was not a mistake.
The trust apologized, saying the letters “should not have been sent” before blaming “human error.” But then he changed his tact and Dr. Sarah Maxwell, clinical director of child and youth services at NSFT, said the letter was a “decision” that had been made by the trust.