Ex-police boss Med Hughes quits Sheffield Children’s Hospital job after no confidence vote

Med Hughes in 2006
Med Hughes in 2006

Former South Yorkshire Police chief constable Med Hughes resigned from his role at Sheffield Children’s Hospital in the wake of the Rotherham scandal.

The Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust’s council of governors decided at a meeting on Tuesday night that it would ‘inappropriate’ for Mr Hughes to continue as a non-executive director, a role he has held since April 2012.

Mr Hughes announced this morning he would be resigning with immediate effect.

It comes after Mr Hughes, who was chief constable of the force between 2004 and 2011, told the Home Affairs select committee in September he had ‘no idea of the scale and scope’ of child sexual exploitation in the town.

Committee chairman Keith Vaz said at the time that Mr Hughes’ denials about his knowledge of Rotherham’s problems were ‘impossible to believe’ and there were ‘serious questions to be asked’ of his conduct.

A statement from the trust said: “The chairman of the trust has today accepted the resignation of non-executive director Meredydd Hughes.

“Yesterday the trust’s council of governors considered the position of Mr Hughes in light of ongoing investigations into child sexual exploitation during the time Mr Hughes was chief constable of South Yorkshire Police. The council of governors decided that it would be inappropriate for Mr Hughes to continue as a non-executive director of the trust.

“Following that meeting, Mr Hughes has resigned from the board with immediate effect.”