NHS boss quits amid care claims

Christine Green, the chief executive of Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, has tendered her resignation amid allegations of poor patient care, the trust said today.

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NHS boss: My position no longer helpful to organisation

Christine Green, the Chief executive of Tameside Hospital, has confirmed her resignation saying she "was no longer helpful to the organisation".

In a statement, Ms Green said:

“You will have all read the newspapers and heard the media reports and speculation about my departure. The facts of the matter are that the Board and I agreed my resignation on 27th June as it had become clear that my position as Chief Executive was no longer helpful to the organisation.

Christine Green, the Chief executive of Tameside Hospital, has confirmed her resignation. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA wire

“I believe that most who know me know that I care passionately about this hospital, its staff and the people we serve. However it became clear to me that it was important for me to hand over the reigns.

“I would like to express my heartfelt and sincere thanks to all of the people right across the organisation who have supported me over my 15 years in the job and to tell you all that Tameside will remain in my heart for many years to come. It has been my privilege to work alongside all of you.”

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Hunt doing 'an enormous amount' to halt poor care

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt told ITV's Daybreak that two unpublished reviews, seen by the Guardian, that allegedly detail substandard levels of care at Tameside General Hospital posed a "very serious issue".

Mr Hunt said he was doing "an enormous amount" to stop poor care in hospitals pointing out a "tough new inspection regime" that will be introduced this year.

Inspectors 'warned of care issues at Tameside Hospital'

Two previously unpublished reviews seen by The Guardian allegedly detail substandard levels of care at Tameside General Hospital in Greater Manchester.

The entrance to Tameside general hospital in Greater Manchester Credit: Google Maps

The paper claims the reports by the NHS' Interim Management and Support team and the North West Utilisation Management Unit, which helps hospitals in the region improve their performance, state that patients have been left in pain and without seeing a doctor for days on end.

The reviews were based on visits in March and April.

The reports are also said to refer to persistent staff shortages, especially at night, and a lack of consultants on wards.

Tameside Hospital has said it has drawn up an action plan to address the issues highlighted, which has been approved by Monitor, the regulator of foundation trust hospitals. It also told The Guardian that some concerns raised by staff "were not able to be substantiated."

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