An NHS manager has been accused of telling a former colleague ‘Karma is a bitch’ after she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
Shaun Chadwick, senior executive partner at Spectrum Health in Oadby, Leicestershire, is also said to have fat-shamed another former colleague, making her feel “suicidal and dependent on antidepressants”.
Spectrum Health’s senior executive partner in Oadby, Leicestershire has denied the allegations, calling them “grossly inaccurate and offensive”.
The first woman to ask not to be named said she was “really upset” when Mr Chadwick made offensive remarks about her in a Facebook post by a mutual friend following her MS diagnosis.
A post from his account reportedly read: “Sorry to hear about your ill health – karma is ab***h. I hear you’re miserable as ever. Pathetic woman.’
She said he later sent a direct message, which said, “Grow up you fat cow and have fun cleaning because that’s all you’re worth.” Council scum.«
After she responded to his comments with insults and her own abusive language, the exchange was reported to the regional Clinical Commissioning Group, the Care Quality Commission and Leicestershire Police.
The woman said: “It really upset me to think anyone could think that of me, I also want them to know that I would have simply ignored that behavior while I was working for them.
“But now I’m stronger and I want him to know that he can’t talk to me like that.
“I felt like he was always laughing at me in meetings, always picking on things he said I hadn’t done. When he started working in the practice, we got along really well, but eventually he started disliking me.
“He was one of the reasons I left and since then I’d blocked him for everything and haven’t been in touch. I’m not even friends with him on Facebook, but he saw me comment on a mutual friend’s post. I didn’t expect in a million years to get what I got from him.’
Mr Chadwick, then manager of nine practices, also allegedly called another ex-colleague “Chubbs” and told a colleague not to ask if she wanted anything from the supermarket.
He is said to have joked about a caricature of her created for the surgery that “made her look fatter than she was”.
‘It looks like [she] is about to explode,’ he apparently said in a Teams message, adding a laughing emoji.
“I asked him to change it and not use it, but it was posted on the website and posted in the office,” the woman claimed, saying his behavior made her feel suicidal and on antidepressants.
“He said to me, ‘Don’t worry, you don’t have that many chins’ and walked away laughing. It still haunts me today.”
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It is also claimed Mr Chadwick shared confidential questions with practice staff that Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspectors wanted to ask during a visit – telling them to be ready with the right answers.
It would be a violation of the committee’s confidentiality rules to send an e-mail asking colleagues at the time to treat the documents “strictly confidential”.
A Spectrum Health spokesman said: “Mr Chadwick denies allegations and legal proceedings against our solicitor and Leicestershire Police for defamation, malicious communications and harassment have begun.
“Mr Chadwick takes such allegations extremely seriously and has engaged an outside agent to investigate the work culture at Spectrum Health.
“We can confirm that such allegations are grossly inaccurate and offensive.”
A joint statement from NHS England and East Leicestershire and Rutland CCG said: “We are unable to comment on ongoing individual cases, but we are aware of the concerns raised and are working to investigate the relevant NHS complaints procedures.”
A CQC spokesman said he would not investigate the allegations because Mr Chadwick is no longer a consultant.
“We are not aware that he emailed a GP practice with details of the CQC inspection framework,” they added.
A Leicestershire Police spokesman said he was “unaware that this matter was being reported to the police”.
Mr Chadwick was contacted for further comments.
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