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London acute trusts face shake-up

4th February 2009

A number of hospital trusts in London face a major management shake-up at senior levels after the departure of a number of chief executives.

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Julian Nettel at Barts and the London trust and Tara Donnelly at West Middlesex University Hospital Trust have left their posts at a time that questions have been raised over the performance of their trusts.

Patient access targets have been missed and there are concerns over financial performance.

It also remains unclear whether both trusts will achieve foundation status by the target date of December 2010.

NHS London is under pressure from the Department of Health and the latest resignations followed the departure of its director of commissioning, improvement and innovation Paul Corrigan and provider agency chief executive Malcolm Stamp.

At West Middlesex, Ms Donnelly’s resignation came after eight patients had needed to wait more than 12 hours to be admitted to the hospital through accident and emergency.

While no patients were harmed, the trust failed to inform the strategic health authority.

The trust has experienced financial problems and is now forecasting a deficit of £1.5m, an improvement on its £9m deficit of three years ago.

Other departures have included Mayday Healthcare trust chief executive Helen Walley, who has announced her early retirement and South West London and St George's Mental Health trust chief executive Peter Houghton, who is thought to be seconded to another senior role.

NHS South East Coast chair Graham Eccles resigned after a memo he wrote on a confidential briefing on mixed sex wards and PFI was leaked to the Conservatives.

 

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