NHS official's appointment under investigation over Rotherham child abuse links

AN INVESTIGATION has been launched into an NHS official’s appointment following criticism of his links to Rotherham Council’s handling of child sexual abuse.

Mahroof Hussain, who works for NHS Health England in the Midlands as a regional, diversity and inclusion manager, was forced to resign from RMBC’s cabinet in 2015

after the Jay report in 2014 found 1,400 children were sexually exploited in Rotherham between 1997 and 2013.

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Ms Casey’s report found Mr Hussain, who was cabinet member for community cohesion, had allowed “perpetrators to remain at large” and he “let victims down”.

NHS Health Education England announced it would be investigating after criticism from TV channel GB News.

The organisation said it would “establish the circumstances and inform of the next steps” in its investigation.

Rother Valley MP Alexander Stafford said it was a “disgrace” that Mr Hussain still held such a high profile position, while the council’s Conservative group

leader, Cllr Simon Ball, said his role in the NHS was an insult to victims of sexual abuse.  

“Survivors will take this as a direct slap in the face,” he said.

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