East Lancashire Hospital Trust's boss is chosen

Blackburn Citizen: Royal Blackburn Hospital Royal Blackburn Hospital

THE new chairman of East Lancashire’s troubled hospitals will be announced early in the New Year.

After interviews on December 13, the individual who will head up the trust, currently in special measures over criticisms of its management and performance, was chosen before Christmas.

Details of their contract are now being finalised, with an announcement from the NHS Trust Development Authority due in early January.

The news was welcomed by health campaigners and MPs who said they hoped for a top quality appointment to tackle the challenges facing the East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust which runs the Royal Blackburn and Burnley General Hospitals. And they called for a new chief executive to be named as soon as possible.

Russ McLean, chairman of the Pennine Lancashire Patient Voices Group said: “We need a top-quality chairman to tackle the task ahead. I hope we will soon have a new permanent chief executive as well.”

Gordon Birtwistle, Burnley MP, said: ”This is good news but we need a really effective new chairman. He faces a huge challenge. We need a new chief executive soon. We need high-quality people.”

Blackburn MP Jack Straw said: “The appointment of a new chairman is good news for the stability of the trust. The new chairman will face a huge task.”

Sir Bill Taylor, chairman of Blackburn with Darwen Healthwatch said: “I welcome the news. I hope it is someone with local connections and a creative approach to management.”

Since its foundation in 2003, the merged trust has had five chairmen and eight chief executives.

Hazel Harding resigned as chairman in July, days after the trust was placed in special measures following the Keogh report, and deputy Martin Hill took over as interim boss. Earlier this month Mark Brearley quit and was replaced temporarily by Jonathan Wood who became the ELHT’s fifth chief executive since 2008. He will remain as acting chief executive until further notice.

A spokesman for the NHS Trust Development Authority said: “We will be announcing the appointment of a new chairman in the new year.”

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1:27pm Fri 27 Dec 13

phil kernot says...

We don't need managers paper shuffles , people who blame everybody else for mistakes but there own ,, I bet if you sacked that lot and replaced them with doctors and nurses , the nhs would run a lot better ,,,
We don't need managers paper shuffles , people who blame everybody else for mistakes but there own ,, I bet if you sacked that lot and replaced them with doctors and nurses , the nhs would run a lot better ,,, phil kernot

2:18pm Fri 27 Dec 13

mayor7 says...

Phil k, if you're suggesting a large NHS doesn't need proper governance, including a chairman and chief executive, then that is quite frankly a load of nonsense.
Phil k, if you're suggesting a large NHS doesn't need proper governance, including a chairman and chief executive, then that is quite frankly a load of nonsense. mayor7

3:18pm Fri 27 Dec 13

mavrick says...

We need to know the background of the new chairperson, If it is someone from the old boys club or the NHS merry go round then nothing has been achieved. It needs someone with enough backbone to stand up to the coalition clowns. I hope we appoint a chief exec who realises where the true priorities lie. we need to recruit and retain top class clinicians with full nurse support. we need more real nurses and not the ladder climbers who seem to do everything bar look after patients. This is a golden opportunity to put confidence back into the Trust hospitals. now we just need to sort out the CCG and we will be on the road to recovery.
We need to know the background of the new chairperson, If it is someone from the old boys club or the NHS merry go round then nothing has been achieved. It needs someone with enough backbone to stand up to the coalition clowns. I hope we appoint a chief exec who realises where the true priorities lie. we need to recruit and retain top class clinicians with full nurse support. we need more real nurses and not the ladder climbers who seem to do everything bar look after patients. This is a golden opportunity to put confidence back into the Trust hospitals. now we just need to sort out the CCG and we will be on the road to recovery. mavrick

4:11pm Fri 27 Dec 13

Izanears says...

Who ever is chosen will in actual fact make little difference. The big problem with the NHS is that it is far too big. Couple that with executives who live in ivory towers and the lack of discipline at the coal face and you have a recipe for disaster. And sadly from the reports that come out nearly every day, disaster is what we get.
Who ever is chosen will in actual fact make little difference. The big problem with the NHS is that it is far too big. Couple that with executives who live in ivory towers and the lack of discipline at the coal face and you have a recipe for disaster. And sadly from the reports that come out nearly every day, disaster is what we get. Izanears

5:19pm Fri 27 Dec 13

mayor7 says...

Mavrick, what has the ccg done wrong?
Mavrick, what has the ccg done wrong? mayor7

10:31am Sun 29 Dec 13

Sue Lee says...

What about "who actually is he" Ross MacClean or Sir Bill Taylor? Jack Straw will have the time soon!
What about "who actually is he" Ross MacClean or Sir Bill Taylor? Jack Straw will have the time soon! Sue Lee

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