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.
“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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