The Chief executive of Tameside Hospital has resigned in the wake of damaging revelations of major failings in patient care.
Patients have been left in pain and without seeing a doctor for days on end, according to unpublished reports seen by The Guardian, with standards of care criticised across a number of departments within the hospital.
Chief Executive Christine Green, who has been in her post for 15 years, said in a statement that she deemed herself "no longer helpful to the organisation".
Local MPs had called for the Chief executive to step down, with severe concerns over standards of care delivered at the trust among their key concerns.
Ms Green's resignation follows that of medical director Tariq Mahmood, who left three months ago for “family reasons”.
ITV News correspondent Damon Green reports:
The Deputy Chairman of the British Medical Association Dr Kailash Chand, who spent many years at the hospital, said the problems at Tameside had always been the same:
"The safety and the quality has not improved despite the various bodies knowing about the concerns and various reassurances coming from senior medical and managerial staff that we are doing our best to improve things but there was nothing to show for it."
The Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said the reviews posed a "very serious issue" but insisted the government were doing an "enormous amount" to halt poor care in hospitals.