On 15 August, the Daily Mail reported that Jon Andrewes, 67, was appointed chairman of the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust (RCHT) ahead of 117 other candidates. RCHT has a budget of about £380 million and employs 5,000 staff at 3 hospitals. His CV — experience aside — pointed to a man of considerable intellect and academic prowess. It was the latest in a string of top-level positions Mr Andrewes held in the NHS. He also chaired the Torbay NHS Care Trust where he worked for the best part of a decade. But Andrewes should never have got any of these jobs. For his qualifications were made up. It is said that his ‘lies’ helped him earn £1 million (before tax) in 12 years, not just from the NHS but also from a number of charities he ran; most of it has been spent. Any available assets (more than £96,000) were confiscated under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2 years ago. But the Court of Appeal has now reversed this decision, arguing that Andrewes had given ‘full value’ for the salary and benefits he received — even though he had obtained the roles fraudulently.