Going once, going twice: Hospital goes up for sale BUT nurses remain unpaid

Royal Bucks Hospital
Royal Bucks Hospital

A privately owned hospital has been put up for sale for £2.5 million despite its owner still allegedly owing employees more than £350,000.

The Royal Bucks Hospital closed in October but staff say he failed to pay them for three consecutive months and did not honour redundancy packages.

It has now emerged the 19th century building, owned by Dr James Clarke, will be sold through commercial real estate agents, Christie & Co, next month.

Secretary of the Bucks health branch of Unison, Steve Bell, said: “There’s no guarantee people will be paid.

“We think he will probably accept an offer below the asking price.

“On a positive note hopefully the workers will receive the pay that’s owed.”

The Grade II listed building’s design was inspired by Florence Nightingale and is subject to a health covenant which may have to be paid off were it to be bought by developers.

It is believed that a rehabilitation centre has put a bid in for the centre.

Dr Clarke has refused to speak publicly since it emerged the hospital would be ‘winding down’ in August.

When contacted by The Bucks Herald, he said: “I can have a conversation when I choose to.

“That might be next week or in two weeks’ time.”

The International Eating Disorder Centre in Wendover Road, which is also owned by Dr Clarke, has now closed after it received three formal Care Quality Commission warnings.

Mr Bell added: “The eating disorder staff are now worrying about the money they are owed.”

Both Unison and the Royal College of Nursing have lodged employment tribunals against Dr Clarke and are also hopeful of changing Government legislation to avoid a repeat scenario.