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York Tory Coalition extends stay of interim consultant, despite pledge

The ruling Conservative and Liberal Democrat Coalition has put on hold appointing to a senior officer post, extending the stay of an interim consultant.
The parties have been branded hypocrites by Labour, after claiming they would reduce the council’s use of interims and consultants at the council.
Labour’s finance and performance spokesperson, Coun. Neil Barnes said:
“The decision to halt the appointment of a permanent Director of Public Health exposes the hypocrisy of the Coalition parties who said they would bring an end to the use of interim consultants on medium and long term assignments.  Any suggestion that they were going to end the employment of interim staff has been blown out of the water.
“A panel due to meet to appoint to the permanent post of Director of Public Health has just been cancelled five days before it was due to meet.  This suggests bad planning or an administration prepared to simply say one thing during an election campaign and do another in control.  I think the public will develop a lack of trust if this is the direction the Coalition is taking”.
The appointment of a permanent director has been put on hold with no date set for the recruitment process to be concluded, meaning the current consultant will stay in post indefinitely.

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