Colchester Hospitals Trust chairman announces plans to step down

Clacton and Frinton Gazette: Colchester Hospitals Trust chairman announces plans to step down Colchester Hospitals Trust chairman announces plans to step down

DR Sally Irvine, chairman of Colchester Hospitals Trust, is to step down later this year.

The trust, which runs Colchester General Hospital and Essex County Hospital, was placed in special measures last November following allegations staff had been bullied into changing patient records to hide missed cancer targets.

Dr Irvine, who has been chairman since August 2010, said now was the right time to announce plans to leave.

She said: “Now that the new Council of Governors is in place and the Trust’s Care Quality Commission hospital inspection has taken place earlier this month, I feel it is the right time to announce my intended departure as Chair of the Trust Board. 

“Late last year our Trust was placed into special measures, partly because of governance breaches relating to cancer services. Since then the Trust board has been working hard to develop and implement a number of action plans designed to ensure that every one of our patients receives good quality care.

“An assurance review conducted by NHS England earlier this year indicated that the Trust is making progress against these action plans.

"It recognised that there have been a number of improvements, particularly that members of staff are more confident and engaged compared with a year ago, and that patients and visitors the NHS England review team spoke to were very complimentary about the care and treatment they received.

“Much remains to be done and we cannot be complacent about the size of the task ahead but I feel that with help, we have identified the issues to be addressed and we have turned the corner.

"This is therefore the right time for me to make this announcement."

For more, see Tuesday's Gazette

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11:40am Mon 19 May 14

suzyn says...

What another one falling on their sword? Rats & sinking ships spring to mind.
What another one falling on their sword? Rats & sinking ships spring to mind. suzyn
  • Score: 9

11:59am Mon 19 May 14

The Truth Hurts* says...

suzyn wrote:
What another one falling on their sword? Rats & sinking ships spring to mind.
Maintained their position in the most intransigent of ways ignoring all and sundry, through the whole shambled debacle of death and destruction. Leaving of HER own accord when they wanted to. Along with others they should have been charged and arrested by Police, however the old boy network came into force in abundance, or did I mean ambulance in Jest?
This person and others should never be given places on trusts ever again.
[quote][p][bold]suzyn[/bold] wrote: What another one falling on their sword? Rats & sinking ships spring to mind.[/p][/quote]Maintained their position in the most intransigent of ways ignoring all and sundry, through the whole shambled debacle of death and destruction. Leaving of HER own accord when they wanted to. Along with others they should have been charged and arrested by Police, however the old boy network came into force in abundance, or did I mean ambulance in Jest? This person and others should never be given places on trusts ever again. The Truth Hurts*
  • Score: 12

12:29pm Mon 19 May 14

Ontheball says...

Yet another one not up to the job. 'Time right to leave' or pushed. Either way the abysmal running of the Trust was under her stewardship. Is there anyone competent within the management structure of this organisation?
Yet another one not up to the job. 'Time right to leave' or pushed. Either way the abysmal running of the Trust was under her stewardship. Is there anyone competent within the management structure of this organisation? Ontheball
  • Score: 10

3:16pm Mon 19 May 14

Linstock says...

Far too many amatuers pretending to be professionals in the whole organisation, these poor quality amatuers are sadly letting the true professionals down to the point very few want to take up positions in the hospital hence recruitment has to take place on a worldwide basis.
Far too many amatuers pretending to be professionals in the whole organisation, these poor quality amatuers are sadly letting the true professionals down to the point very few want to take up positions in the hospital hence recruitment has to take place on a worldwide basis. Linstock
  • Score: 6

5:24pm Mon 19 May 14

A Very Private Gentleman says...

Linstock wrote:
Far too many amatuers pretending to be professionals in the whole organisation, these poor quality amatuers are sadly letting the true professionals down to the point very few want to take up positions in the hospital hence recruitment has to take place on a worldwide basis.
I just do get not get this at all it really baffles me.
It is the same going on in another trust the Chair of the board of Laughs has come from another 7 year quango too hot to carry on with, only this time "The Fixer" as they have known them has landed a role bang in the middle of an enquiry. That is clearly a case Of Out Of The Frying Pan & Into The Fire. They rely on the fact, to the point of you lot that is, us don't know anything. Once again denying everything in a plausible way, very much like Obama denying the existence of Groom Lake, Nellis Air Force Base & Area 51.
I have sat on committees like these before and its all battered cups & saucers of tea & coffee and talk of no substance.
If we had a say in the vote, things would be different, but its jobs for the boys & girls in this case. Lions led by donkeys comes to mind, no matter what their accreditation is, they seem blinkered to the realities of life. It is a carefree existence with a pay check at the end of it. The only thing I can add to this is, we don't get or enjoy a pay check, we pay with our lives.
Is there no one out there with any real clout that can say or do something, push some buttons make a call to an influential contact, get something done?
For G*D sake I am an old man and I am Sh*tt*ng myself daily. We are being controlled and adjudicated by idiots, THEY DO NOT CARE: AVPG
[quote][p][bold]Linstock[/bold] wrote: Far too many amatuers pretending to be professionals in the whole organisation, these poor quality amatuers are sadly letting the true professionals down to the point very few want to take up positions in the hospital hence recruitment has to take place on a worldwide basis.[/p][/quote]I just do get not get this at all it really baffles me. It is the same going on in another trust the Chair of the board of Laughs has come from another 7 year quango too hot to carry on with, only this time "The Fixer" as they have known them has landed a role bang in the middle of an enquiry. That is clearly a case Of Out Of The Frying Pan & Into The Fire. They rely on the fact, to the point of you lot that is, us don't know anything. Once again denying everything in a plausible way, very much like Obama denying the existence of Groom Lake, Nellis Air Force Base & Area 51. I have sat on committees like these before and its all battered cups & saucers of tea & coffee and talk of no substance. If we had a say in the vote, things would be different, but its jobs for the boys & girls in this case. Lions led by donkeys comes to mind, no matter what their accreditation is, they seem blinkered to the realities of life. It is a carefree existence with a pay check at the end of it. The only thing I can add to this is, we don't get or enjoy a pay check, we pay with our lives. Is there no one out there with any real clout that can say or do something, push some buttons make a call to an influential contact, get something done? For G*D sake I am an old man and I am Sh*tt*ng myself daily. We are being controlled and adjudicated by idiots, THEY DO NOT CARE: AVPG A Very Private Gentleman
  • Score: 4

4:18pm Thu 22 May 14

Dave Bruce says...

In my opinion, each member of the "Hospital Trust" and the "Council of Governors" should spend at least 24 hours observing closely what the medical staff really have to cope with in the A&E Department.
In my opinion, each member of the "Hospital Trust" and the "Council of Governors" should spend at least 24 hours observing closely what the medical staff really have to cope with in the A&E Department. Dave Bruce
  • Score: 2

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