When NHSreality began I predicted “My prediction is that the financial imperative, the dominance of “emergency” medicine to trump all other needs, will mean slowly but surely the softer areas of the health services, such as dementia, psychiatry and disability will be downgraded. Covert rationing by knee-jerk decisions will increase and only when there are sufficient numbers of the public with stories of failure that the politicians have to act, will something happen… Combining Health and Social Services had potential, but only when there was enough money to make the changes. Now the risks of failure are very high..” It’s an edifice built on sand, and although standing, it’s inevitable degradation has become evident, even to Keith McNeil . Disengaged professionals, denying politicians and a media unable to get to grips with the philosophical issues is not helping.. Another Aneurin Bevan is needed.. come on Kieth – lets have an exit interview.
The chief executive of a major NHS hospital has resigned a week before a care watchdog report is published.
Dr Keith McNeil, who was appointed to the job at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge in November 2012, said the hospital faced “serious challenges”.
Chief finance officer Paul James has also resigned from the hospital, which is running a deficit of £1.2m a week.
Both have stepped down ahead of a Care Quality Commission report, which is due to be published on Tuesday.
Dr McNeil said it had been “a very difficult decision” to step down.
“It is a matter of public record that we face a number of very serious challenges, including a growing financial deficit, and I feel the time is right to have new leadership in place,” he said.
“I am pleased our hospitals continue to provide our patients with outcomes that are not only some of the best in the UK, but in Europe.”
In an official statement, neither Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Trust nor Dr McNeil gave a reason for his resignation.
The trust’s finances were being investigated by Monitor after the hospital introduced a £200m computerised patient record system last year and one of its doctors, Myles Bradbury, was convicted for sexually abusing child patients.
Jane Ramsey, chairwoman of the trust, thanked Dr McNeil “for his efforts”,
She continues: “He has shown great leadership qualities and has helped the trust to maintain its reputation for high quality care and excellent outcomes for our patients.”
Daniel Zeichner, Labour MP for Cambridge, said: “The introduction of the new computer system was troubled and difficult and I suspect that’s contributed to their problems, but I think the basic responsibility for this is the [financial] pressure that’s been put on the National Health Service by the government.
“The Conservatives promised extra for the health service – we haven’t seen it.
“This is not the only chief executive we’re going to see taking this action.”
The Department of Health has yet to respond to Mr Zeichner’s criticism.
Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Addenbrooke’s, said its director of workforce David Wherrett would become acting chief executive while a permanent replacement was found.
Jersey Evening Post: Addenbrooke’s Hospital chief quits before watchdog report is published
ITV News: Chief Exec leaves Addenbrooke’s
Some of the factors influencing the overspend:
Cambridge News 7th September 2015: How involving pharmacists in A&E shorten waiting times and help doctors?
The Guardian 2nd September 2015:: How the care crisis is making old age a nightmare
Only on July 8th this year: Cambridge University Hospitals boss Dr Keith McNeil named as one of country’s top clinicians