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NHS chief resigns following Times exposé

PUBLISHED: 11:49 16 July 2009 | UPDATED: 16:56 25 August 2010

AN NHS boss has resigned from his £57,515 post a week after the Times revealed he had previously been jailed for lying on his CV.

AN NHS boss has resigned from his £57,515 post a week after the Times revealed he had previously been jailed for lying on his CV.

Bexley Care Trust knew about Lee Whitehead's criminal record but still appointed him as a service development manager in its commissioning department where he started work on July 1.

He resigned with immediate effect one week later, following an exclusive Times report on July 2.

The NHS veteran made the headlines earlier on in the year after he was handed a 12-week prison sentence for lying to Stoke-on-Trent Primary Care Trust.

Mr Whitehead claimed to have a doctorate and Master's degree in order to land a lucrative £78,000 job as director of planning and modernisation.

He was jailed in January this year by North Staffordshire magistrates but only served three weeks of his sentence.

When applying for his Staffordshire post in 2007, Mr Whitehead falsely claimed to have an MSc in clinical psychology, a doctorate in psychology and to be a chartered psychologist with full membership of the British Psychological Society.

NHS counter fraud service found he only held a Bachelor's degree and had made the same claims on applications since 2003.

The Bexley job required a degree but postgraduate qualifications were only desirable.

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