Lewes MP Maria Caulfield has welcomed news of Darren Grayson’s resignation as chief executive of the East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust.
Mr Grayson announced his decision to quit on Wednesday (July 15) after five years in the role.
Health officials have said he will work out the rest of his contract in another post within the NHS and will not leave with a financial pay off.
Maria Caulfield MP said: “As someone who has raised concerns surrounding Eastbourne District General Hospital on a number of occasions, including recently with the Secretary of State for Health, I welcome this announcement which will hopefully allow the hospital to make the necessary improvements that we all want to see and that patients deserve.
“Whilse the Hospital has many dedicated staff working incredibly hard, the Care Quality Commission had previously stated they ‘still have concerns about the leadership and culture of the trust’ and the Trust was recently deemed “inadequate”.
“Many residents have contacted me to express their concerns about this issue and therefore I think this decisive action, which will allows a new Chief Executive to provide the leadership in driving forward the required improvements to the hospital, will be widely welcomed.
“All patients deserve the best possible care and that is what I am keen to see at the Eastbourne District General Hospital.”
Liz Walke, chair of the Save the DGH Campaign, said: “At last. Excellent news that Darren Grayson has stepped down as under his leadership the trust has been scored as inadequate with the lowest score possible for being well-led by the NHS Care Quality Commission recently.
“However, this should be just the beginning and surely the whole trust board should go. They have been culpable in seeing the downgrading of our hospital and its services and have not done anything to stop it, in fact the reverse. We are concerned they do not appear to think they have done anything wrong. An apology and acknowledgement of failure is long overdue.
“We look forward to the possibility of working with the NHS organisations which make the appointments to get a chief executive, chair and a board of directors who are focussed on returning consultant-led maternity and paediatrics, high risk and emergency general surgery, high risk and emergency orthopaedics and trauma services to the DGH.”
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