East Lancs Hospitals Trust boss quits

Burnley General Hospital. Urgent Care Unit.
Burnley General Hospital. Urgent Care Unit.
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The chief executive of the under-fire East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust has quit his post.

Mark, who has over 30 years’ experience in the NHS, has led the trust since May, 2011, and in recent months has overseen the trust’s high-profile response to the Keogh Review.

Acting trust chairman Martin Hill said: “The whole trust board would like to thank Mark for his hard work and dedication over the last two-and-a-half years, during which time he has overseen some real improvements in the care we provide for patients.

“Over the last few months in particular, Mark’s leadership in responding to the Keogh Review has been critical in developing our action plan to respond to those areas where we all know we need to improve. We wish Mark all the very best for the future.”

The trust will appoint a replacement for Mark in the New Year, with Jonathan Wood, the Director of Finance, becoming acting Chief Executive for the immediate future.