Holden vows to clear name

Jane Holden
Jane Holden

FORMER Royal Hobart Hospital boss Jane Holden has vowed to fight to clear her name after being sacked yesterday.

Health Minister Michael Ferguson told Parliament last night that Ms Holden's position had been terminated. 

Mr Ferguson said the decision was not based on the findings of an Integrity Commission report into allegations Ms Holden improperly employed her husband and associate.

However, in a statement last night Ms Holden said her sacking had been ``orchestrated around the release of a sensationalised Integrity Commission report''. 

``I have been denied any fair process to test these allegations, which I strongly deny.

``For both professional and personal reasons I have no choice but to defend my name and will do so.''

Mr Ferguson said the decision was made to sack Ms Holden because no alternative positions had been identified in Tasmanian Health Organisation-South suitable for her.

Ms Holden was ousted from her former position as head of THO-South late last month.

After being dismissed from the role, Ms Holden reverted to her previous position as head of Southern Tasmanian Area Health Services.

The position no longer existed, and was formally abolished last week, leaving Ms Holden until Monday to demonstrate why her employment should not be terminated.

Ms Holden did respond formally by the deadline but it was not enough to save her job. 

She will receive a 24-week payout, plus five weeks in lieu of notice.

Based on her reported annual salary, she is expected to walk away with more than $190,000 before tax.