East Lancashire hospitals choose new boss

Kevin McGee looks set to be appointed as chief executive of East Lancashire’s hospitals

Kevin McGee looks set to be appointed as chief executive of East Lancashire’s hospitals

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THE new chief executive of East Lancashire’s hospitals looks set to be Kevin McGee, who has driven major improvements at a troubled NHS trust in the Midlands.

Three candidates were interviewed for the top job at the Royal Blackburn and Burnley General hospitals last week, and bosses have seemingly offered the post to Mr McGee, the CEO at George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust in Nuneaton.

An email sent to staff this week, seen by the Lancashire Telegraph, said: “References are being taken up and discussions are continuing with one of the candidates, Mr Kevin McGee, in the hope that a firm appointment can be made in the near future.

However, due to holidays and other personal commitments, these discussions cannot continue until later this month.”

If the appointment is confirmed, the 52-year-old would take over later this year from the respected interim chief Jim Birrell, who arrived in January to lead East Lancashire Hospitals Trust (ELHT) out of special measures.

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Despite also being in special measures, the George Eliot trust’s problems began several years before Mr McGee took over in 2011, and he has been credited with driving significant improvements since then.

Mr McGee, a former accountant from the Wirral, was actually poised to take over Bolton NHS Foundation Trust last year, but opted to stay at the George Eliot to implement recommendations made by NHS chief Sir Bruce Keogh after a major inspection.

He and the other candidates were interviewed by directors at ELHT, as well as an external panel which included commissioners and Russ McLean, chairman of the Pennine Lancashire Patient Voices Group.

Mr McLean said: “He was our first choice and the trust seem to have backed what we said. I think he’s everything we need.”

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1:09pm Fri 6 Jun 14

jghazanfar says...

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1:12pm Fri 6 Jun 14

maxcollie says...

Good luck to him. I hope he grows a beard and wears sandals.
Good luck to him. I hope he grows a beard and wears sandals. maxcollie
  • Score: 37

2:02pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Wayne C says...

So not from a background in medicine or public service but from accountancy. Another bean counter at the helm ! Well I suppose the NHS needs to be stream-lined and made ready for privatisation and sold off to the corporations made rich from the public purse.
So not from a background in medicine or public service but from accountancy. Another bean counter at the helm ! Well I suppose the NHS needs to be stream-lined and made ready for privatisation and sold off to the corporations made rich from the public purse. Wayne C
  • Score: 37

2:27pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Openminded? says...

"He and the other candidates were interviewed by directors at ELHT, as well as an external panel which included commissioners and Russ McLean, chairman of the Pennine Lancashire Patient Voices Group."

So Russ we can partially blame you if things continue to go wrong!
"He and the other candidates were interviewed by directors at ELHT, as well as an external panel which included commissioners and Russ McLean, chairman of the Pennine Lancashire Patient Voices Group." So Russ we can partially blame you if things continue to go wrong! Openminded?
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3:19pm Fri 6 Jun 14

woolywords says...

maxcollie wrote:
Good luck to him. I hope he grows a beard and wears sandals.
Spot on!
Although my first thought was one of a poisoned chalice.
[quote][p][bold]maxcollie[/bold] wrote: Good luck to him. I hope he grows a beard and wears sandals.[/p][/quote]Spot on! Although my first thought was one of a poisoned chalice. woolywords
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11:15pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Pyewacket2 says...

Mr McLean said: “He was our first choice and the trust seem to have backed what we said. I think he’s everything we need.”

I Think !!! So not sure then ? I hope this doesn't come back to bite you and everyone else on the bum.
Mr McLean said: “He was our first choice and the trust seem to have backed what we said. I think he’s everything we need.” I Think !!! So not sure then ? I hope this doesn't come back to bite you and everyone else on the bum. Pyewacket2
  • Score: 35

11:34pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Pendlesider says...

THanks TO jghazanfar for highlighting the fact that the new chief

executive of East Lancashire’s hospital Trust (ELHT) Kevin McGee comes from the George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust which, along with ELHT, is ALSO being investigated over high mortality rates (2013).
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Mr McGee will be right at home here in East Lancashire where mortality

rates are so high and quality of patient care so low his job will be a breeze.
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What I can't figure out is why was McGee chosen when clearly the trust he comes from is STILL under investigation from the care quality commission and Sir Bruce Keogh?
.
Clearly the so-called patient voices group representitive hasn't done his research, has no idea of what he has 'backed' and is willing to give it another go. Whereas the real patients are sick and tired of the fiasco and wish to see TWO A&E's in East Lancashire (one on Burnley another in Blackburn) which will solve the REAL problem of high mortality ratios and poor patient care.
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All we have here is more of the same....sadly, not ONE candidate will resolve the problems at East Lancashire... and as with other troubled trusts placed in special measures, will pass one chief executive from one trust to another whilst in denial of what's happening in our understaffed and overcrowded hospitals in East Lancashire.
THanks TO jghazanfar for highlighting the fact that the new chief executive of East Lancashire’s hospital Trust (ELHT) Kevin McGee comes from the George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust which, along with ELHT, is ALSO being investigated over high mortality rates (2013). . Mr McGee will be right at home here in East Lancashire where mortality rates are so high and quality of patient care so low his job will be a breeze. . What I can't figure out is why was McGee chosen when clearly the trust he comes from is STILL under investigation from the care quality commission and Sir Bruce Keogh? . Clearly the so-called patient voices group representitive hasn't done his research, has no idea of what he has 'backed' and is willing to give it another go. Whereas the real patients are sick and tired of the fiasco and wish to see TWO A&E's in East Lancashire (one on Burnley another in Blackburn) which will solve the REAL problem of high mortality ratios and poor patient care. . All we have here is more of the same....sadly, not ONE candidate will resolve the problems at East Lancashire... and as with other troubled trusts placed in special measures, will pass one chief executive from one trust to another whilst in denial of what's happening in our understaffed and overcrowded hospitals in East Lancashire. Pendlesider
  • Score: 37

12:15am Sun 8 Jun 14

glossopkid says...

Pendlesider wrote:
THanks TO jghazanfar for highlighting the fact that the new chief

executive of East Lancashire’s hospital Trust (ELHT) Kevin McGee comes from the George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust which, along with ELHT, is ALSO being investigated over high mortality rates (2013).
.
Mr McGee will be right at home here in East Lancashire where mortality

rates are so high and quality of patient care so low his job will be a breeze.
.
What I can't figure out is why was McGee chosen when clearly the trust he comes from is STILL under investigation from the care quality commission and Sir Bruce Keogh?
.
Clearly the so-called patient voices group representitive hasn't done his research, has no idea of what he has 'backed' and is willing to give it another go. Whereas the real patients are sick and tired of the fiasco and wish to see TWO A&E's in East Lancashire (one on Burnley another in Blackburn) which will solve the REAL problem of high mortality ratios and poor patient care.
.
All we have here is more of the same....sadly, not ONE candidate will resolve the problems at East Lancashire... and as with other troubled trusts placed in special measures, will pass one chief executive from one trust to another whilst in denial of what's happening in our understaffed and overcrowded hospitals in East Lancashire.
It's all about " who you know, not what you know".
[quote][p][bold]Pendlesider[/bold] wrote: THanks TO jghazanfar for highlighting the fact that the new chief executive of East Lancashire’s hospital Trust (ELHT) Kevin McGee comes from the George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust which, along with ELHT, is ALSO being investigated over high mortality rates (2013). . Mr McGee will be right at home here in East Lancashire where mortality rates are so high and quality of patient care so low his job will be a breeze. . What I can't figure out is why was McGee chosen when clearly the trust he comes from is STILL under investigation from the care quality commission and Sir Bruce Keogh? . Clearly the so-called patient voices group representitive hasn't done his research, has no idea of what he has 'backed' and is willing to give it another go. Whereas the real patients are sick and tired of the fiasco and wish to see TWO A&E's in East Lancashire (one on Burnley another in Blackburn) which will solve the REAL problem of high mortality ratios and poor patient care. . All we have here is more of the same....sadly, not ONE candidate will resolve the problems at East Lancashire... and as with other troubled trusts placed in special measures, will pass one chief executive from one trust to another whilst in denial of what's happening in our understaffed and overcrowded hospitals in East Lancashire.[/p][/quote]It's all about " who you know, not what you know". glossopkid
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12:39pm Mon 9 Jun 14

ConcernedOssy says...

maxcollie wrote:
Good luck to him. I hope he grows a beard and wears sandals.
Thought he already had one if the picture is of him, but who knows with LT !!!
(Not Sure about the sandals though doesn't show his feet) LOL
[quote][p][bold]maxcollie[/bold] wrote: Good luck to him. I hope he grows a beard and wears sandals.[/p][/quote]Thought he already had one if the picture is of him, but who knows with LT !!! (Not Sure about the sandals though doesn't show his feet) LOL ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 35

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