Hospital boss will bring in an 'experienced chief executive'
10:20am Sunday 3rd March 2013 in News
AN EXPERIENCED chief executive will be brought in to Bolton NHS Foundation Trust’s board in the wake of a major investigation into mortality rates, its chairman has confirmed.
David Wakefield, who was appointed as interim chairman in August by health watchdog Monitor, says he has been working to “strengthen” the current board.
It comes as Monitor said it was “supportive” of Mr Wakefield and “encouraged”
by his work to strengthen the board’s leadership There is currently a void in the leadership at the Trust after the acting chief executive Dr Jackie Bene “stepped aside” when healthcare information expert Dr Foster began investigating the way patients had been “coded”.
The investigation’s results will be published on Wednesday.
Mr Wakefield said he was “in talks” to bring a “strong seasoned practicing performing chief executive in” to “bolster the board”.
It is not known what job title the person will take on the board as Dr Bene has not been suspended and remains acting chief executive and it is also not known how long the person will be at the board for.
Mr Wakefield said he was “also looking at bringing other resources in” to the board and said he was not yet sure how many additional people this would mean.
He added: “I am confident that we will have somebody in the board to support the executive team.”
Dr Bene, who has been medical director since 2008 and deputy chief executive since December, was appointed acting chief executive in January when Lesley Doherty, the chief executive, took early retirement.
In January the Trust interviewed potential chief executives but were unable to find a suitable candidate.
Now, Dr Bene has “stepped aside” there is no chief executive and the board, which has had more than a dozen changes since September, has an acting medical director and an acting deputy chief executive.
Cllr Andy Morgan, who sits on the Health, Overview and Scrutiny Committee, has called for strong leadership at the hospital and said the current “uncertainty”
He said whoever was appointed to lead the hospital in the interim would get “full support” and added: “The chairman needs to start the recruitment process again as a matter of urgency to appoint a new chief executive who can take charge and lead the board and staff out of the current turmoil it is in.”