Revealed: why health boss turned down top job at Royal Bolton Hospital
THE health boss who was due to take over at the helm at the Royal Bolton Hospital turned the job down to deal with problems at his own trust.
Kevin McGee — chief executive at George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust in Nuneaton, Warwickshire — had been due to start as the new chief executive of the Bolton NHS Foundation Trust in July, but backed out just two weeks after his appointment was announced.
A private company could be given the go-ahead to run Nuneaton’s George Eliot Hospital, which is where Mr McGee is chief executive.
David Wakefield, chairman of the Bolton trust's board of directors, told hospital governors why it “didn’t happen”.
Mr Wakefield said: “Obviously last time we were here, we announced Kevin as the new chief executive of the trust and then it didn’t happen.
“Kevin and his trust were part of the Sir Bruce Keogh Review and Kevin decided to stay behind and deal with those issues. They are now going to franchise the services in that trust so he is staying there.”
Governors were told Dr Jackie Bene will remain as acting chief executive of the trust for a six month period, which started in July.
The trust is not advertising the post at present.
Mr Wakefield added: “I am delighted to still have Jackie Bene because I think we have a star in her. And the way results are going, Jackie is proving to be just the ticket.”
Plans to hand the running of the George Eliot Hospital are now under consideration by the NHS Development Authority as part of a process for the hospital to be managed by another NHS trust or “a franchise that may be a non-NHS organisation”.
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