Jan Ditheridge, the Chief Executive of Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust, has caused controversy after turning down a £2,500 charitable donation. Ditheridge rejected the money as charity volunteers had dressed up as nursing staff, but the Trust has admitted that it has accepted the money for over twenty years.
A group of volunteers from the League of Friends of Ludlow Hospital had dressed as nurses in a bid to raise money for an ECG machine to benefit patients. Ditheridge said that the hospital would return the money as:
“The presentation of men dressed as female nurses in a highly-sexualised and demeaning way is wrong, very outdated and insulting to the profession”.
In a letter to the League of Friends she added:
“I was clear last year when we met, that Shropshire Community NHS Trust didn’t condone this activity and wanted no part in it”.
Peter Corfield, the chairman of the League of Friends, said:
“We have not had one single complaint about this event from members of the public. The bed push has over the years raised a substantial amount of money and the lads who do it are great supporters of the hospital”.