Costs incurred by Devon PCT during suspension, contingent removal, and termination of Dr Stephenson's contract.
Under the Freedom of Information Act, there have been many requests to Devon PCT for the costs of suspending, contingently removing, and terminating the contract of Dr Stephenson. The information gleaned has been incomplete and confusing, and the issue is being pursued. For instance, in one FOIA reply, the PCT wrote:
“We therefore are unable to specify the invoices which have been charged for the legal expenses relating to Dr Stephenson, and I can therefore not confirm that this figure includes the fees for solicitors’ and barristers’ attendance.”
It should be remembered also that many of the costs are hidden. For example the time involved in arranging and conducting four disciplinary hearings, travel costs for PCT personnel and for Local Medical Committee (LMC) representatives on the panels. Furthermore some of the costs below are only up until the time that they were acknowledged by the PCT. Locum costs, revealed only up to March 2009, continued until 1 June 2009, and the cost of the Portakabins continues for the foreseeable future.
With the above provisos, here are the costs acknowledged to date: