WORKFORCE: Consultants at Cambridge University Hospitals Foundation Trust are voting on whether they should call for the reinstatement of their recently departed chief executive.

Keith McNeil announced his resignation from the trust with immediate effect on Monday.

Sources within the trust have told HSJ that its consultant staff council later held a meeting at which a significant number of attendees expressed support for Dr McNeil.

Keith McNeil

Keith McNeil announced his resignation on Monday

A vote is now being held and will be closed next Monday.

If a majority of consultants vote in support of reinstating Mr McNeil this could be followed up with lobbying of the trust board, HSJ understands.

A Care Quality Commission report on the trust is due to be published next week, following an inspection in April. It is expected to be negative about a number of areas across the trust.

The trust has struggled with the implementation of its new IT system, which caused delays to patient appointments and emergency care.

It currently has a £20.6m deficit, £8.4m worse than planned. Monitor is currently investigating the FT over the IT system problems and how this has caused its financial position to worsen.