Bosses resign from death probe trust

Tameside Hospital: Senior bosses resign from trust

Tameside Hospital is under investigation for its high death rates

The two most senior managers at a hospital investigated for prime death rates have resigned from their jobs.

The resignations were announced at the day it emerged Tameside Hospital have been criticised for its poor patient care by two independent reviews.

Christine Green, chief executive of Tameside Hospital Trust, has left her job while Medical Director Tariq Mahmood has also stepped down.

Tameside is one in every of 14 hospitals under scrutiny for its high death rates.

A trust spokesman said Mr Mahmood had offered his resignation three months ago, for family reasons, however the trust delayed its announcement until a replacement was found.

‘Numerous concerns’

Ms Green, who was chief executive since 1988, decided to resign last week after finalising plans for a “listening exercise” to listen to what area people and groups similar to GPs considered the hospital.

One review, commissioned by Tameside Hospital, found as much as eight A&E patients at a time were waiting in a corridor, with one left seven hours.

The review said weak leadership had affected “patient outcomes”.

The hospital said the reviews were commissioned with the aid of staff concerns and it had responded with an action plan.

Tameside’s three MPs – Jonathan Reynolds, Andrew Gwynne and David Heyes – released a joint statement welcoming the resignations.

They added: “We’ve got all said on numerous occasions that Tameside Hospital needs a metamorphosis of leadership.

“Although there are various concerns about problems on the hospital we all know from both talking to our constituents and from personal experience that there’s lot of excellent care delivered by the hospital’s staff too.

“However, the issues that do exist at Tameside haven’t been sufficiently addressed and we believe that the senior management ought to answer for this.

“The hospital trust now must discover a successor who’s in a position to implementing the change that our hospital needs.

“Hopefully, this may be a turning point and patients, staff and the broader public will now have the ability to rebuild their confidence in Tameside Hospital.”